narghile

noun
nar·​ghi·​le | \ ˈnär-gə-lē How to pronounce narghile (audio) \
variants: or nargileh \ ˈnär-​gə-​ˌle How to pronounce nargileh (audio) \

Definition of narghile

: a water pipe for smoking that originated in the Near East

First Known Use of narghile

1758, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for narghile

Persian nārgīla, from nārgīl coconut, of Indo-Aryan origin; akin to Sanskrit nārikela coconut; from the original material used in making its bowl

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“Narghile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/narghile. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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