One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(The name of) the white animal on which the prophet Muhammad performed the Night Journey; an animal resembling this.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Topsell (d. 1625), Church of England clergyman and author. From Arabic al-burāq from al the + burāq the white animal on which the prophet Muhammad performed the Night Journey, further etymology uncertain and disputed: either a diminutive of baraq flash, lightning (from baraqa to flash, to lighten) or perhaps a loanword from an unknown donor language.
Al Borak/ˈal bərak/
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