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English Words of Asian Origin 1

Name the words of Asian origin defined below.
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Definition
Language of Origin
Word
A gelatinous substance used in biological culture media and as a thickener in foods.
Malay
Agar
A flooded field of arable land used for growing semiaquatic crops, most notably rice.
Malay
Paddy
A spiny oval tropical fruit containing a creamy pulp, famous for its fetid smell but highly valued for its flavour.
Malay
Durian
A disk-shaped percussion instrument that produces a resounding tone when struck with a usually padded hammer.
Malay
Gong
A literal or metaphorical force regarded as merciless, destructive, and unstoppable.
Sanskrit
Juggernaut
A large cat native to Africa and central Iran, known as the fastest land animal.
Sanskrit
Cheetah
A strong, red color, inclining to purple.
Sanskrit
Crimson
A hair care product, typically in the form of a viscous liquid, that is used for cleaning hair.
Sanskrit
Shampoo
A hoodlike knitted cap covering the head, neck, and part of the shoulders and worn especially by soldiers and mountaineers.
Turkish
Balaclava
A food produced by bacterial fermentation of milk.
Turkish
Yogurt
A round-bodied string instrument popular in Greece.
Turkish
Bouzouki
A citrus fruit the size of an orange, with a yellow or green color similar to a lime.
Turkish
Bergamot
A yacht or other boat with twin hulls in parallel.
Tamil
Catamaran
A fleshy, oval, yellowish-red tropical fruit that is eaten ripe or used green for pickles or chutneys.
Tamil
Mango
A social outcast
Tamil
Pariah
A dish of meat and vegetables cooked in a sauce of hot-tasting spices and typically served with rice.
Tamil
Curry
To act in an excessively subservient manner.
Chinese (Cantonese)
Kowtow
A tropical storm in the region of the Indian or western Pacific oceans.
Chinese
Typhoon
A hot drink made by infusing the dried crushed leaves in boiling water
Chinese (Hokkien)
Tea
A soft white substance made from mashed soya beans, used chiefly in vegetarian cooking.
Chinese (Mandarin)
Tofu
2 Comments
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Level 59
Oct 23, 2020
Isn't the word "Typhoon" have derived from the Sanskrit word "Tufaan"?
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Level 61
Oct 23, 2020
According to dictionary.com and other sources, the ultimate etymological origin of "typhoon" is the Cantonese "tai fung", meaning great wind.