hoo·​kah | \ ˈhu̇-kə How to pronounce hookah (audio) , ˈhü- How to pronounce hookah (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web What happened last week at the Midnight hookah bar – a modest lounge in the German town of Hanau, where a largely Turkish clientele often goes to relax in the evenings – should really be enough to change the debate in Germany. Can Dündar, Time, "How Many Mass Shootings Will It Take for Germany to Confront Its Far-Right Problem?," 25 Feb. 2020 The gunman first attacked a hookah bar in central Hanau — a city close to Frankfurt — at about 10 p.m. Wednesday local time (6 p.m. ET), killing several people before heading about 1.5 miles west and opening fire again, claiming more victims. NBC News, "Far-right motive suspected after deadly attack in Germany," 20 Feb. 2020 Two hookah lounges were targeted in each shooting, according to The Associated Press. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Shooting rampage in Germany kills at least 8, police say," 20 Feb. 2020 German police said 43-year-old Tobias R. shot and killed nine people on Wednesday night, starting his attack at a hookah bar in the city of Hanau before continuing on to several other places. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "German gunman posted 'extermination' manifesto before killing spree," 20 Feb. 2020 Those who answer correctly use their five seconds (and a few quarters) to scramble around the store grabbing anything from chips and ice cream to speakers and hookahs. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "This New York deli offers customers free food if they can solve simple math problems," 10 Feb. 2020 This part of the city center has been affected by the clashes between protesters and security forces, but on Fridays, Baghdadis still get together to enjoy tea and hookah. Washington Post, "In Baghdad, many fear what will come next," 24 Jan. 2020 Jordyn Woods was spotted dancing and smoking hookah with NBA star James Harden — who happens to be one of Khloé Kardashian‘s exes. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Jordyn Woods Parties with Khloé Kardashian’s Ex, Houston Rockets Player James Harden," 26 July 2019 Across Kabul, young women are particularly visible, smoking hookah pipes in Turkish restaurants and shopping together in small groups at malls. Jane Ferguson, The New Yorker, "Peace Talks, the Taliban, and Afghan Women’s Uncertain Future," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of hookah

1763, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hookah

Arabic ḥuqqa bottle of a water pipe

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18 Mar 2020

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“Hookah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hookah. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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