List of 21 English Words That Originated From Tamil


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The English language contains vocabulary from all over the world. Seeking words with specific etymological roots? Take a look at this list of English words that originated from Tamil.
Word Origin
anicut aṇaikkaṭṭu
betel veṟṟilai
cash kācu
catamaran kaṭṭumaram
cheroot curuṭṭu
coir kayir̤u
corundum kuruntam
curry kaṟi
godown kiṭaṅku
kabaddi kai piṭi
moringa muruṅkai
mulligatawny miḷakutaṇṇi
mung bean mūngu
pandal pantal
papadam pappaṭam
pariah paṟaiyan
patchouli paccuḷi
poon puṉṉai
sambal campāl
teak tēkku
vetiver veṭṭivēr