One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and other areas of Spanish or Portuguese influence: a pouch or bag, typically of leather; a saddlebag.
Early 17th century. Partly from Portuguese alforja, † alforge, and partly from Spanish alforja, both in sense ‘pouch or bag, typically made of leather’, both from Arabic al-ḵurj from al the + ḵurj store, supply, provision from ḵaraja to proceed.
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