One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An oriental tobacco pipe with a long tube that draws the smoke through water; a hookah.
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- ‘Friday was also the day my artist friends gathered in a dirty teahouse where, for 1,500 dinar, you can purchase a glass of bitter lemon tea, rent a narghile (water pipe), and sit for hours.’
- ‘Which means I basically spend my free time in Basra languishing in the hotel, smoking narghiles and ordering yet another delicious meal of lamb kabobs.’
- ‘Velvet bellows, cushions, muskets, plates, microtonic music plus narghiles or hookahs for a post-prandial smoke of tobacco sweetened with such agents as rose essence.’
- ‘They sit together and chew qat leaves (a mild narcotic) and smoke the narghile, or water-pipe.’
Mid 18th century: from Persian nārgīl ‘coconut, hookah’, from Sanskrit nārikela ‘coconut’.
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