One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Especially in the former Ottoman Empire, Persia (now Iran), and the Caucasus: any of various types of cart or carriage.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Francis Gladwin (?1745–1812), Persian scholar. In some forms partly from (i) Ottoman Turkish araba, ʿaraba cart, later also in sense ‘gun carriage’.
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