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This is a list of Spanish words of various origins. It includes words from Australian Aboriginal languages, Balti, Berber, Caló, Czech, Dravidian languages, Egyptian, Hungarian, Ligurian, Mongolian, Slavic (such as Old Church Slavonic, Polish, Russian, and Croatian). Some of these words existed in Latin as loanwords from other languages. Some of these words have alternate etymologies and may also appear on a list of Spanish words from a different language.

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Australian Aboriginal languages

Balti

Berber

Caló

Dravidian languages

The Real Academia Española (Spanish Royal Academy) notes that Paliacate comes from the nahualt language. Pal: colour Yacatl: nose.

  • paria= pariah, outcast: from Tamil paraiyan "pariah," literally "one who plays the drum," (the pariahs of south India were originally a caste of Untouchables that played drums[2]), from parai drum, possibly from parāi to speak.

Egyptian

Hungarian

Japanese

Ligurian

  • hoz = sickle: from Latin falx "sickle, scythe," possibly from Ligurian. For the change from f in falx to h in hoz see here.

Mongolian

  • mongol = a Mongol: from Mongolian Mongol "a Mongol," documented first in Chinese měng-kǔ, from uncertain source.

Slavic languages

Serbian

  • vampire = vampire and vamp = a dangerously attractive woman: from Austrian German Vampyre "vampire," which in turn was borrowed from Serbian (vampir), "vampire", "undead".

Czech

  • pistola = a pistol: from German Pistole "pistol," from Czech pištal, "pistol, tube."

Old Church Slavonic

Polish

  • polaco = a Polack: from Polish pol- "field, wide and flat territory."

Russian

  • sputnik = satellite: from Russian s = with/from + put = road + -nik = derrivative for objects of people carrying out an action (masc.)

Croatian

See also

References

  • "Breve diccionario etimológico de la lengua española" by Guido Gómez de Silva (ISBN 968-16-2812-8)

Notes

  1. ^ Harper, Douglas (2001). Online Etymology Dictionary. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?l=s. 





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Published - February 2009


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