masala

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Hindi मसाला (masālā) / Urdu مسالا(masālā, spice(s)), from Persian مصالح(masâlih, affairs, materials, spices), plural of مصلحت(maslahat, affair, policy, best thing to do), both from Arabic, derived from صَلَحَ(ṣalaḥa, be fit, competent, usable).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /məˈsɑːlə/
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  • Rhymes: -ɑːlə

Noun[edit]

masala (countable and uncountable, plural masalas)

  1. Any of many blends of spices used in Indian cuisine, most often containing cardamom, coriander, mace together with pepper, nutmeg, fennel seeds, jeera etc.
    • 2020, Avni Doshi, Burnt Sugar, Hamish Hamilton, page 3:
      When she cooked, she reached out for bottles and masalas without glancing up.
  2. Any dish prepared with such spices.
    We ordered two lamb bhunas and a masala.

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Greek μασαλάς (masalás), from Ottoman Turkish مشعله(meşale), from Arabic مِشْعَل(mišʿal).

Noun[edit]

masala f (plural masalale)

  1. (dated) torch
    Synonyms: faclă, torță

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