Persian Words in English
Americans who say they know no Persian know more than they think they know.
Over a hundred and fifty English words have been borrowed from the Persian. Here
are sixty words in common use which we have taken from them:
azure jasmine naphtha satrap bazaar jasper narcissus scarlet candy julep orange scimitar caravan jungle palanquin seersucker cheque khaki paradise shawl chess lemon peach sherbet cinnabar lilac peacock spinach cypress lime pear sugar dervish Magi puttee taffeta divan magic pajama tapestry exchequer margarine rice tiara gazelle marguerite rook tiger henna muscadel saccharine tulip jackal musk saffron turban jargon myrtle sash verandah