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A thunderbolt or mythical weapon. especially one used by the Hindu god Indra. Sankrit “vajra.”

A covered litter for one passenger, consisting of a large box carried on two horizontal poles by four or six bearers. Portuguese “palanquim” < Hindi “palaki” < Sanskrit “paalyanka”=bed, litter.

An Indian antelope, the male of which has a blue-grey coat and short horns. Marathi “nilgay” < Sanskrit “nila”=dark blue + “gavi”=cow.

South Asian monastic community (often Hindu) or religious retreat. Sanskrit “asrama”=hermitage < “a-“=towards + “srama”=effort, purpose.

State of peace, and exit from the Buddhist cycle of reincarnation. Sanskrit “nirva”=to be extinguished < "nis"=out + "va"=to blow.

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

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

An ointment put on the skin to stop pain or provide protection. Old English “sealf” < Germanic “*salba” < Sanskrit “sarpis”=butter.

Large fan swung backwards and forwards by hand.Hindi “pankha”=fan < Sanskrit “paksa”=wing.

A learned or wise person. Sanskrit “pandita”=learned man. More commonly used as “pundit.”

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