narghile

narghile

[nahr-guh-lee, -ley]
noun
a Middle Eastern tobacco pipe in which the smoke is drawn through water before reaching the lips; hookah.
Also, nargile, nargileh.


Origin:
1830–40; < Turkish nargile < Persian nārgīleh, derivative of nārgīl coconut, from which the bowl was formerly made

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narghile, nargile or nargileh (ˈnɑːɡɪlɪ, -ˌleɪ, ˈnɑːɡɪlɪ, -ˌleɪ, ˈnɑːɡɪlɪ, -ˌleɪ)
 
n
another name for hookah
 
[C19: from French narguilé, from Persian nārgīleh a pipe having a bowl made of coconut shell, from nārgīl coconut]
 
nargile, nargile or nargileh
 
n
 
[C19: from French narguilé, from Persian nārgīleh a pipe having a bowl made of coconut shell, from nārgīl coconut]
 
nargileh, nargile or nargileh
 
n
 
[C19: from French narguilé, from Persian nārgīleh a pipe having a bowl made of coconut shell, from nārgīl coconut]

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narghile
"oriental water pipe for smoking," 1839, from Fr. narghileh, from Persian nargileh, from nargil "cocoa-nut," of which the bowl was originally made. The Pers. word is probably from Skt. narikerah, which may be from a Dravidian source.
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