masala

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Hindustani मसाला (masālā) / 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).

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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.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The term is often used in the names of individual dishes.

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Greek μασαλάς (masalás), from Ottoman Turkish مشعله(meş'ale), from Arabic مشعل‎.

Noun[edit]

masala f (plural masalale)

  1. (dated) torch

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