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A substance, especially cannabis, smoked to produce a drowsy state. Arabic “kaif” colloquially “kef” = well-being, enjoyment, pleasure.

A person of great wealth or high status. Portuguese “nababo” and French “nabab” < Urdu “nawab”=a Muslim official who acted as a deputy ruler or viceroy of a province or district under the Mughal empire < Arabic “nuwwab.”

A cup-shaped holder for a hot coffee-cup, used in the Levant, usually of metal and of ornamental design. Arabic “zarf”=vessel.

A hot wind that blows from the desert of North Africa across to southern Europe. Italian “scirocco” < Arabic “sharq”=east < “sharaqa”=(the sun) rose.

Happening purely by chance; having no plan, order, or direction. Middle English “hap”=good luck or good fortune + “aserd”=gambling game with two dice < Old French “hasard” < Arabic “al zhar”=the die, meaning “chance or luck.”

The art of tying string in patterns to make decorative items. Turkish “mikrama” < Arabic “miqrama”=bedspread, bed-cover.

A ruler or official in India or central Asia. Old French “chan” < Latin “chanis” < Greek “kanis” < Arabic “khan”=lord, prince.

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.

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.

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