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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.”

In South Asia, a person who works with elephants. Hindi “mahaut” < Sanskrit “mahamatra” < “maha”=great + “matra”=measure.

An older sister or term of respect for an older woman. Urdu “apa” = older sister < Sanskrit “atman”=self.

Ancient symbol of a cross with each end bent at 90ยบ. Sanskrit “svastika” < “svasti”=well-being < “su”=good + “asti”=being.

Dirty or covered in dirt; morally foul. Old English “fylth”=dirtiness < Old Germanic *”fulo-“=to rot < Sanksrit “pu”=to stink.