The English Language

Borrowed Words From

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Egyptian Language Notes

Egyptian is the extinct language of Ancient Egypt. It is a member of the Afro-Asiatic family.

These are some of the oldest borrowed words in English.

ammonia camel dung Burning camel dung produces ammonia.
barge   Cargo boats used on the Nile.
ebony   A dark wood from Africa.
ibis   A bird with a curved beak.
ivory   From elephant tusks.
mummy asphalt Asphalt was used in embalming.
oasis dwelling area  
paper papyrus  
Pharoah big house Egyptian king.

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