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[tahn-doo r] /tɑnˈdʊər/
noun, plural tandoors, tandoori
[tahn-doo r-ee] /tɑnˈdʊər i/ (Show IPA).
Indian Cookery.
a cylindrical clay oven, fired to a high heat by wood or charcoal, in which foods, especially meats, are cooked and bread is baked.
Origin of tandoor
1655-65; < Hindi, Urdu tandūr < Persian tanūr Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Early--before dawn--bakers spread the dough inside a hot tandoor, and let it bake for several seconds.
  • tandoor specialties, curries and biryani dishes are served, as well as a handful of vegan entrees.
  • tandoor dishes, curries and home-made naan bread are all recommended, as are succulent meat stews.
  • Vegetarians must make do with overspiced, tandoor roasted broccoli.
Word Origin and History for tandoor

1660s, from Turkish pronunciation of Persian and Arabic tannur "oven, portable furnace" (see tandoori).

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