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A heelless slipper, typically of an oriental style. French “babouche” < Turkish “pabuc”=slipper < Persian “papos” < “pa”=foot + “pos”=covering.


Short sword with curved blade that widens toward the point. French “cimiterre” < probably from Persian “samsir”=lion’s claw.

A harem; a Turkish palace. Italian “serraglio” < Latin “serraculum”=place of confinement < Persian “serai”=lodging, residence.

A bed or low soft seat without a back or arms. Turkish “divan” < Persian “diwan”=bench.

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

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

Long garment worn by clergy. French “casaque”=long coat < Persian “kazhayand”=padded jerkin < “kaz”=silk + “ayand”=stuffed.

Piece of fabric worn on the head, shoulders, or used to wrap a baby. Persian “sal,” possibly from the town of Shaliat in India.

A fairy; a graceful person. Persian “pari”=fairy, ginn, angel < Middle Persian “parik”=evil genius < Avestan “pairika”=female demon.

A container made from a calabash plant or other gourd. French “calabasse” < Spanish “calabaca”=pumpkin < Persian “karbuz”=melon.

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