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narghile

[nahr-guh-lee, -ley] /ˈnɑr gə li, -ˌleɪ/
noun
1.
a Middle Eastern tobacco pipe in which the smoke is drawn through water before reaching the lips; hookah.
Also, nargile, nargileh.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; < Turkish nargile < Persian nārgīleh, derivative of nārgīl coconut, from which the bowl was formerly made
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narghile

/ˈnɑːɡɪlɪ; -ˌleɪ/
noun
1.
another name for hookah
Word Origin
C19: from French narguilé, from Persian nārgīleh a pipe having a bowl made of coconut shell, from nārgīl coconut
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Word Origin and History for nargile
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 narghileh, from Persian nargileh, from nargil "cocoa-nut," of which the bowl was originally made.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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