Ten Arabic words that later Translated into English

  1. Admiral: أمير amīr, commander.
  2. Algebra: الجبر al-jabr, method of equation solving.
  3. Arsenal: دار صناعة dār sināʿa, literally “house of manufacturing”.
  4. Assassin: حشاشين ḥashāshīn
  5. Check/Checkmate: الشاه shāh (king) introduced to Europeans by Arabs.
  6. Coffee: قهوة qahwa originated in Yemen in the 15th century.
  7. Ghoul: غول ghūl , ghosts from an Arabic-to-French translation 1001 Arabian nights .
  8. Hummus: حمّص himmas , origins of recipe in Syria and Lebanon.
  9. Muslin: موصلي mūsilī ,a fabric originating from Aleppo.
  10. Massage: مسّ mass or “to touch” began in the Mideast before Europe, like Turkish bathhouses.

I really appreciated finding out that coffee originated in the Arabic language. I knew that Yemen_Coffee_beansYemeni Coffee was famous, but it surprised me to learn that the beverage itself originated in Yemen. I love coffee, and trying coffee beans from new places. I now want to search out authentic Yemeni coffee to taste.

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