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a, A[edit]

  • agbayun - the name of a plant or fruit in an African language?
  • ahna is Swabian (a German dialect) for grandmother.
  • alonso (unit) = Unit of measurement in Formula 1. Equals 0.60 second/lap
  • aqıl = Crimean Tatar.
  • arap - some Kenyan language, common in names like Daniel arap Moi, probably means "son" or "from". Several names mentioned in Kericho.
  • asaa - the name of a plant or fruit in an African language?
  • aumgn could mean "Om" or "Amen" or "Holy". 18:54, 31 December 2012 (UTC)
  • abain = noun, (in Mbesa, Kom, and Oku), meaning corn fufu

b, B[edit]

c, C[edit]

  • calinda - Spanish? Portuguese? (calinda is French and English, calenda is Spanish. It is a type of stick-fighting that is popular in Trinidad.)
  • casiloco (also knows as cassies) not sure if it is spelt correctly. a type of music. want to know what types of music casilocos are.
  • cavorky
  • cham apparently used in English in Malaysia for a drink of tea and coffee mixed together, comes from Hokkien
  • cherdash This word can be found in The Journal of Leo Tolstoy at wikisourse (http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Journal_of_Leo_Tolstoy) in a paragraph that references music, so it could possibly be a musical style. ("What relief all would feel who are locked up in a concert-room listening to Beethoven's last works, if a jig or a cherdash or something similar would be played for them.") But what kind or where from... who would know. (ANSWER: I believe this is чердаш, more properly and commonly чардаш, from Hungarian csárdás from Turkish çardak [balcony], English csardas/w:csardas. —Stephen 20:50, 6 March 2009 (UTC))
  • Colel Possibly Hebrew, numerological term meaning something like "close enough"? ANSWER: My guess is that this is כלל (to make whole), related to כול/כל (all/whole).—This comment was unsigned.← the word is כולל, and it is the masculine, singular present tense of the paal-construction verb with triliteral root כ-ל-ל, whose lemma entry should be at כלל; it means, roughly, "(he/I/it/you) include"; therefore, it's also a noun meaning, roughly, "one who includes". In numerology (more specifically, gematria), it's used to refer to the entire word under discussion; thus, the word כלל has value 80 (because כ has 20 and each ל has 30), but im hakolel ("with the word"), it has value 81 (1 being added for the kolel, the word). This word כולל is also used nowadays to refer to an organization that provides stipends for people (typically married men) to study and teach religious studies.—msh210 20:35, 26 December 2007 (UTC)
  • colieros
  • cps.: used in names of medicaments, particularly in homeopathy: “Spiritus Melisse cps.” — might be compositus, probably not only in homeopathy --MaEr 20:22, 26 February 2011 (UTC)

d, D[edit]

Azeri Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia az -- Mulder1982 (talk) 09:48, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

  • disidia - to lay in ruins (originally added by an IP to the Latin requests; it does not appear to be Latin. --EncycloPetey 18:57, 18 June 2009 (UTC))
  • doggis (Old English?)
  • Dor
  • doron (Could be Japanese どろん, absconding; or it could be Hebrew דורון, gift. —Stephen 10:04, 18 May 2007 (UTC))
  • Deinde Scriptum (DS,Ds or D.S.) - usually written at end of a letter, after the P.S. which stands for Post Scriptum. But what is Deinde Scriptum actually? (deinde is Latin de + inde and means "from that place" and also "thereafter", "thereupon", "then", or "next". —Stephen 13:59, 16 July 2007 (UTC))
    • No, DS comes from a Swedish habbit of writing DS after PS. DS means "densamme", which can be translated to "the same", or "the same as the author" of the original text before PS. It has somehow migrated to English letterwriting.
    • DS is used to end a letter and means "termination of the letter". The D in DS comes from Lat. "definire" meaning "to limit" or "to terminate".
  • diyawata
  • django - a Romany term, meaning "I awake". Specific Romany Dialect unsure.
  • dufusce - most likely Latin
  • dvorĭba
  • caveat ludor - something with player or warning?
    • I believe the correct form is "caveat lusor" meaning "player/gamer beware. Used for alerting one of either a feature of a game or the game itself.—Strabismus (talk) 08:25, 8 October 2012 (UTC)

e, E[edit]

f, F[edit]

g, G[edit]

  • gabutha - (Gamilaraay language)
  • Garammamadli
  • gawonisgv (Cherokee: ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎬ ‎(gawonisgv, talk, talking, speaking) —Stephen (Talk) 16:57, 19 January 2011 (UTC))
  • gorbuscha - as in "Oncorhynchus gorbuscha" (pink salmon) - you mean Russian горбуша, meaning the pink salmon. --Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 02:04, 16 March 2012 (UTC)
  • gueuloir - surely French, but also English? -- Yelling place, bawling place, bellowing place. —Stephen 16:27, 12 January 2007 (UTC)
  • guilloché - French or English or both? (French, meaning "with geometric patterns cut in a rotating metal surface with a stationary cutting tool called a rose engine", from fr:guillocher, to engine-turn. —Stephen 20:37, 15 April 2010 (UTC))
  • gurkhan / Gurkhan - an Altaic? title. Probably an English word in this spelling with variants in other languages?
  • gyrovagi - Latin? Italian? (It’s Late Latin, plural of gyrovagus, or "strolling about". —Stephen 10:09, 18 May 2007 (UTC))
  • gyula -- English or Hungarian or Old Hungarian? (Gyula is a Hungarian town, so also English for that town)
  • Gryph or griff- possibly mean eagle or bird in an other language. Derived from Griffon and Hippogryph. Need link to other names of other creatures in the language. (Do you mean the griffon, or perhaps the griffon vulture? —Stephen 03:22, 3 December 2009 (UTC))

h, H[edit]

i, I[edit]

  • imphm, imph'm -- Scots? (it was a spelling that was used in Scotland but I don’t know if they still use it. It means mmhmm or uh huh. —Stephen (Talk) 19:31, 7 October 2011 (UTC))
  • is mise le meas It's Irish, but I'm including it here as a borrowed term that is very commonly put at the end of a letter written in English.

j, J[edit]

k, K[edit]

l, L[edit]

m, M[edit]

  • marrii - (Gamilaraay language)
  • Merckx: a Belgian surname.
  • mileusis - as part of the word keratomileusis. Think it is greek or latin for "to shape" (Greek κέρας + σμίλευσις = “horn carving”)
  • Modderjoddes -- found in a book in German language as a sample of an "ungrammatical loanword" without giving further explanation, or which language the word is in. It is not German, but probably from some related language, like Norsk, Dansk, Frysk, etc. as other samples. It is likely a noun; could be the name of a place (unlikely) derived from a noun or very simple simple phrase or stub in another language. (ANSWER: That’s Kölsch, a dialect of German. It means "mother of God" (Mutter Gottes).)
  • mon chéri -- French expression that litterally means "my cherished one" (for a man, use "ma chérie" for a woman). It's an affectionnate way of calling a loved one, kind of like "Sweetheart" or "Honey". (In Germany "Mon Cheri" is a brand of sweets, a brown chocolate cover with a cherry immersed in some pretty alcoholic liquid inside, about 2 x 1.5 x 1.8 centimeter)
  • Medhini (feminine) - female name
  • momeli - a Romany term, meaning "candle", or "light". See - http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=D4IIi0Ha3V4C&pg=PA75&lpg=PA75&dq=momeli+and+candle&source=web&ots=Wl8eAuEtL2&sig=2EeqrQ7J8ZtBwTQPvKKJL1pO_oc&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result
  • Is this (Morfeaux) a word??-- 03:27, 14 June 2009 (UTC) (I think it’s a typographical error for morceau. —Stephen 21:02, 14 June 2009 (UTC))
  • moken, (austronesian which suggests a more eastern origin, more pacific) English Wikipedia had this on their reference desk. I have no idea what moken, means. --Knoblauch 20:53, 3 January 2010 (UTC)

n, N[edit]

o, O[edit]

  • ol' lien - Lao-style ice coffee; black or with condensed milk - can't tell if it's Lao or French. — hippietrail (talk) 07:34, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

p, P[edit]

  • pansophiae (Answer: Probably Latin pan-+sophia+-ae, from Greek πάνσοφος, "very wise, all wise")
  • pas de Zephyr/pas de zephyr (term in ballet choreography, from the French pas de fr:zéphyr, it is a step where you stand on one leg while swinging the other leg fore and aft. —Stephen 19:48, 23 July 2008 (UTC))
  • Pashtoon (more commonly Pashtun or Pakhtun, Persian پختون, an ethnic Afghan group living primarily in eastern and southern Afghanistan and speaking Pashto)
  • pentekostyes (ancient greek(spartan) millitary grouping) (That woud be πεντηκοστύς, a division of 50 men. —Stephen 06:07, 27 May 2008 (UTC))
  • Phædon used in 'Moby Dick', Chapter 35 'The Mast Head', "...who offers to ship with the Phædon instead of Bowditch in his head." (from Φαίδων, a Greek philosopher. —Stephen (Talk) 05:57, 3 April 2013 (UTC))
  • physica ex machina Latin It was used by Adrian Stan at page 5 in Conserving Approximations in Nonequilibrium Green Function Theory (Ph.D. thesis), University of Groningen (2009), to single out a computational approach in the absence of a careful understanding of the method used and hence lacking a lucid interpretation. This syntax was translated therein as ”physics from the machine” it implied an allegorical relation with the expression ”deus ex machina” as used in Horace’s Ars Poetica. This statement is also meant to be generalized beyond its present connection to the field of physics.
  • Porz
    • Porz is a quarter of Cologne (Germany), see w:de:Porz (but do we really need this entry?) --MaEr 15:24, 17 December 2011 (UTC)
  • PuBuKad Ilonggo of both? Capitalised or not? ANSWER: It is an Ilonggo term which means "Pu for PULAW - , BU - Bugtaw -- Kayod sa adlaw - " well as New Latin. NOT capitalized. —Adonis 11:29, 26 December 2006 (UTC)
  • prima materia or materia prima. Latin but are they now also part of the lexicons of English, Spanish, etc? (materia prima is Spanish for raw material. Don’t know about such usage in English. —Stephen 12:33, 6 February 2009 (UTC))
  • Propommern - an old placename perhaps in the area around the German/Danish frontier? — hippietrail 03:09, 3 November 2009 (UTC) (sounds like a variation of Vorpommern, or Western Pomerania, Cispomerania, or Greek Προπομερανία. Pommern is German for Pomerania, which derives from по море (or the Polish equivalent), meaning "on/along the sea"; the prefix pro- means forward, anterior, near. Pomerania is the Baltic coastal region across northern East Germany to Poland’s Gdansk, and Vorpommern, or Propommern, refers to Western Pomerania, the German part of Pomerania. —Stephen 04:04, 3 November 2009 (UTC))
  • prudé

q, Q[edit]

r, R[edit]

  • Rapčan, surname. Language? -- Czech, I think. --MaEr 19:46, 22 February 2011 (UTC) Probably Slovak, possibly related to w:en:Rabča. --The Dark Defender 23:20, 2 June 2011 (UTC)
  • rhamsan -- sphingan: extracellular polymer
  • rìcht from Dutch Low Saxon
  • Roig seem a Spanish/Catalonia word use follow names. (Answer: This is a Catalan name from the Catalan word roig, meaning red (haired or complexioned). The Spanish cognates are rubio and rojo. —Stephen 09:38, 30 March 2007 (UTC))
    • rubio, in its current usage, means "blond" ¨Hekaheka 17:20, 27 July 2007 (UTC)
  • rugpjūčio

s, S[edit]

t, T[edit]

  • taami - the name of a plant or fruit in an African language?
  • tamaheri
  • tau pok, taupok - a Peranakan dish in Singapore - but Peranakans don't have their own language so is this Malay, Singapore English, some variety of Chinese, or a combination? — hippietrail (talk) 11:12, 12 August 2013 (UTC)
  • tcharkhatchi -- Arabic: night watchman? (Arabic does not have a "ch". If this is a word in some Arabic dialect, it would probably be "jarkhaji". The termination "-ji" is common in names of professions, but it presupposes a root جرخ, and that’s not Modern Standard Arabic as far as I know.). See [7] --- Could it have something to do with جركسي ? Not quite as transcribed, but possibly close enough. Means "Circassian" (and hence nightwatchman doesn't seem so unlikely, depending on the context). Paul Willocx 18:06, 14 January 2008 (UTC)
    Probably چرخچی charkhchi (چرخ + -چی), see Dehkhoda Dict. --Z 18:01, 25 February 2012 (UTC)
"TFL" (see http://www.youtube.com/user/DarkSquidge) (it’s an abbreviation he made up to mean "Tales From Lincoln". —Stephen 02:39, 29 June 2009 (UTC))
  • thang-ta (A form of martial arts using "The Art of the Sword and Spear" — is the traditional martial art of Meitei community of Manipur in Northeast India. It integrates various external weapons — the sword, spear, dagger, etc. — with the internal practice of physical control through soft movements coordinated with the rhythms of breathing. It is part of the great heroic tradition of Manipur.)
  • tukdam (ཐུགས་དམ ‎(thugs dam), mind-bond)
    But Dr Barry Kerzin, a physician to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, told the Siberian Times that the monk was in a rare state of meditation called "tukdam". — http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31125338

u, U[edit]

v, V[edit]

  • Vani - possibly related to Vanir, unsure if Vanir has any etymology links with English Vaneer, as in "A thin vaneer of vanity". Vanir may possibly be linked to Latin Vanus "empty" in the sense of Vanity, but I'm no expert. Can someone look into this? Also, although a name invented by Jonathan Swift, "Vanessa" may be linked to "Van" (Vanir) and "Blessa" (Icelandic - "Bless"), giving a meaning of "Blessed by the Van(ir)" or "Blessings of the Vanir". Can someone please look into this as well? Grevenko Sereth 03:57, 12 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Certainly not related to veneer (note spelling!). Equinox 14:11, 25 May 2016 (UTC)
verdof (Dutch? Netherlands?) No, it's not Dutch
verdof could derive from the Limburgish verb li:verdoffe meaning to make something dull. For example: Ich verdof means I make something dull --Ooswesthoesbes 13:22, 8 September 2007 (UTC)
Actually Dutch does have that verb verdoffen in the same meaning: to tarnish, to lose luster, but it is seldom used in the first person as it is impersonal het verdoft. However, Afrikaans does have the verb in this form: die glans verdof. It means to dim, to dullJcwf 01:39, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
Die pyn wanneer jy wegbreek van iemand wat jou nie liefhet nie is erg, maar mettertyd sal dit afneem en uiteindelik heeltemaal verdof.
The pain when you break up with someone that does not love you is terrible, but in time this will subside and in the end it will dim entirely.
did you mean verdoof, from the verb verdoven(deafen) ? (Dutch)
Title Lewenspraatjies met 'n dogter: 'n ma se raad oor enigiets, van passie tot sukses
Author Izabella Little
Publisher Oshun, 2007
ISBN 1770200118, 9781770200111
The citation is Afrikaans, but "verdof" is Dutch too, see http://gtb.inl.nl/iWDB/search?actie=article&wdb=WNT&id=M075170 -- 01:34, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

vuni and vuni kau (Fijian)

w, W[edit]

x, X[edit]

y, Y[edit]