One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Turkish bath.
- ‘Brue's search for the perfect bath takes her from Turkey, land of the hammam, to Greece, Russia, Finland and even Japan.’
- ‘One of its real finds, however, is a side-street jewel in the heart of the old town called the Hotel Byron, all bleached peach walls and sky-blue shutters built over the dome of a Turkish hammam.’
- ‘Went for a 6am hammam, the Moroccan Turkish bath, taken twice daily by locals and incorporating sauna, wash and massage in one.’
- ‘The ruling Ottoman elite added the Turkish Hospital in 1895 and a hammam (Turkish bath house) and fortress in the early twentieth century.’
- ‘The ornate spa at the Victoria Palace Hotel in Sunny Beach has a Turkish-style hammam and a Cleopatra-style milk-and-honey bathtub, as well as a range of more commonplace treatments.’
From Turkish or Arabic ḥammām ‘bath’, from ḥamma ‘to heat’.
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