Grammar & Vocabulary

Palabras que vienen del árabe

We know that Spanish comes from Latin. However, during the Middle Ages, it borrowed many words from Arabic. Here is a list of some common ones:

Albahaca – Basil

Alcalde – Mayor

Alcachofa – Artichoke

Alcohol – Alcohol

Alfombra – Carpet

Álgebra – Algebra

Algoritmo – Algorithm

Berenjena – Eggplant

Fulano – The equivalent of “John Doe”

Noria – Waterwheel (now used for Ferris wheel)

Ojalá – “May Allah wish that” (used to express desire)

Sandía – Watermelon

Taza – Cup

Zanahoria – Carrot

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