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30 Everyday English Words You Didn't Know Came From Arabic

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6. Carat
> Arabic (phonetic transliteration): qīrāt
> Meaning in Arabic: bean pod, a small weight

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7. Caravan
> Arabic (phonetic transliteration): qaīrawān
> Meaning in Arabic: convoy of travelers journeying together

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8. Cipher, decipher
> Arabic (phonetic transliteration): sifr
> Meaning in Arabic: the numeral zero

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9. Coffee
> Arabic (phonetic transliteration): qahwa
> Meaning in Arabic: coffee

10. Cotton
> Arabic (phonetic transliteration): qutn, qutun
> Meaning in Arabic: cotton

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