One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In Sri Lanka: a contagious tropical disease, yaws. Now rare or historical.
2Usually derogatory. Also with capital initial. In South India and Sri Lanka: a European; a Christian, especially an Indian or Sri Lankan one; a person of mixed Indian or Sri Lankan and European heritage.
Early 19th century. From Sinhala paraṅgi stranger, foreigner, European (especially an Indian- or Sri Lankan-born Portuguese) and its etymon Tamil paraṅki (Portuguese) European, ultimately from Persian faraṅgī.
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