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From Hindi झटका (jhaṭkā, sudden movement, jerk), Punjabi ਝਟਕਾ (jhaṭkā). Derived from Sanskrit word Jhatiti (झटिति) which means "instantly, quickly, at once".[1][2] Possibly related to Slovak jatka ("slaughterhouse"), Polish jatka ("butcher's shop") and Czech jatky ("slaughterhouse").


jhatka (not comparable)

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  1. (Sikhism, Hinduism) Describing meat from an animal that was killed by decapitation with one blow of a sword or axe.

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  1. ^ jhaTiti Sanskrit English Dictionary, Koeln University, Germany; same definition is in Monier Williams Sanskrit English Dictionary and Apte Etymology and Dictionary
  2. ^ Paul Fieldhouse (2017) Food, Feasts, and Faith: An Encyclopedia of Food Culture in World Religions[1], ABC-CLIO, →ISBN, pages 30–31, Quote: "Jhatka, which comes from the Sanskrit word jhatiti meaning "at once", is a method of slaughter in which a single rapid jerk or blow to the head is believed to produce the least amount of suffering for the animal. (...) Unlike in Islam, there is no religious ritual that accompanies the killing."