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List of 21 English Words That Originated From Tamil

Tamil is a Dravidian language that is primarily spoken by Tamil people. It has been spoken in Southern India and Sri Lanka for at least three millennia. Tamil is one of the few languages to have a written form that is at least 1500 years old. From the ancient times the Tamil language has borrowed many words from Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, and other languages. Here is a list of 21 English words that originated from Tamil.

Word Origin
anicut aṇaikkaṭṭu
betel veṟṟilai
cash kācu
catamaran kaṭṭumaram
cheroot curuṭṭu
coir kayir̤u
corundum kuruntam
curry kaṟi
godown kiṭaṅku
kabaddi kai piṭi
moringa muruṅkai
mulligatawny miḷakutaṇṇi
mung bean mūngu
pandal pantal
papadam pappaṭam
pariah paṟaiyan
patchouli paccuḷi
poon puṉṉai
sambal campāl
teak tēkku
vetiver veṭṭivēr

 

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