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


Small building from which newspapers, sweets etc. are sold. French “kiosque”=pavilion < Turkish “kiushk” < Persian “kus”=palace

Headdress made by wrapping long piece of cloth around the head. Turkish “tulbent” < Persian “duband.”

A flat-topped conical red hat with a black tassel on top, Turkish “fes” after the town of Fez, Morocco, where it was chiefly made.

Flower with head like a slender cup. Vulgar Turkish “tuliband” < Persian “dulband”=turban; the flower looks like one.

Tower on a mosque from which a muezzin calls Muslims to prayer. Turkish “minare” < Arabic “manara”=lighthouse < “nara”=to shin

Mythical dead person who sucks the blood of the living. Hungarian/Magyar “vampir” < ? Turkish “uber”=a witch.

A market selling a wide-range of goods. Italian “bazarro” < Turkish “bazar”=a Middle Eastern marketplace < Persian “bazar”=market.

Drink made from the seeds of the Coffea plant. Prob. from Turkish “kahveh” < Arabic “qahwa”=perhaps the region of Kaffa in Ethiopia

Crowd or throng of people. Originally nomadic tribes (1555). From Turkic “orda”=residence of the Khan.