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African evergreen tree (Tamarindus indica) with an edible fruit used as a flavoring in Asian cooking. Latin “tamarindus” < Arabic “tamr-hindi” < “tamr=date (fruit) + “hindi”=India.

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During the Ottoman Empire, the separate part of a Muslim household reserved for wives, concubines, and female servants. Arabic “haram”=prohibited place.

A respectful title used by an Indian in addressing a European. Urdu “sahib” < Arabic “sahib”=friend, lord.

Round green vegetable with edible buds and leaves. Spanish “alcarchofa” < Arabic “al-karsufa” < “al”=the + “karsufa.”

Sweet sugary drink often with alcohol. French “julep” < Latin “julapium” < Arabic “julab” < Persian “gul-ab” <gul=rose + “ab”=water.

An indigo dye, from the Indigo shrub. Spanish “anik” < Arabic “al-nil” < “al”=the + Sanskrit “nila”=dark blue.

Referring to meat prepared as required by Muslim law. Arabic “halal”=”lawful.”

Chess piece like a castle tower. Old French “rok” < Arabic “rukk” < Persian “ruc” < ?Sanskrit “ratha”=chariot (original piece).

A distilling apparatus with a gourd-shaped container and a cap with a long beak. Latin “alembicus” < Arabic “al-anbiq”=the still.

Smooth shiny substance from inside a mollusc shell; mother-of-pearl. Latin “nacchara” < ?Arabic “naccara”=small drum.

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