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Turkish words with a Greek origin




Originally meaning prince this Turkish word drives from the ancient Hellenic word Pais which means a child and is equivalent to the English word Boy.




Borek in Turkish meaning a kind of pastry also known as Pourekia in Greek derives from the ancient Hellenic word Pourion which is a kind of cake.




The Turkish word Chifteteli meaning “two stringed”, or Greek word Tsifteteli derives from the ancient Hellenic words diphuÍs meaning “of double nature or form” and tila meaning plucking (also tilos meaning anything plucked and the fine hair of the eyebrows), hence diphuatila which was corrupted in Turkish to chifteteli.


Dolmak, Dolma


The words Dolmak, meaning to stuff, and Dolma, a group of stuffed dishes are derived from a severe corruption of the Latin word Tomentum meaning a stuffing or filling.




The Turkish word Dunya meaning “world”, or Ntounia in Greek meaning “neighborhood” derives from the ancient Hellenic word Geitonia meaning “neighborhood” which is a composite of the ancient Hellenic Gei meaning “world” and Ktoina which means “a local division” or township. Ktoina also ptonia is the same as the English word town and therefore Indo-European in origin. The Turkish word Dunya does not exist in other members of the same language group as Turkish, Altaic.




Cacik, Tzatziki in Greek and Talattouri in Cypriot dialect is a type of chutney made of strained yoghurt and cucumber. The name derives from a corruption of the ancient Hellenic word GalaktodÍs meaning “mixed with milk”.


Hatiri, Hatirikos


Meaning favour this word derives from a transposition of the ancient Hellenic word CharitoŰ meaning, show grace to anyone, bestow favour, to be highly favoured.




Also known and Koftes, Kioftedes, Keftedes in Greek the name of these meat balls comes from the ancient Hellenic words Koptos and KoptÍ meaning copped small or pounded, and lozenge or pastille.




Kiyma which in Greek is spelled Kima and means mince is a Turkish corruption of the ancient Hellenic word Komma meaning “that which is cut off” or “piece”.




The same thing as Cacik or Tzatziki. As with Cacik this word derives from ancient Hellenic word GalaktodÍs meaning “mixed with milk”.


Yogun, Yogurt


The Turkish word Yohun meaning dense or thick from which the word Yogurt derives, Giagourti in Greek, derives from the ancient Hellenic root Glahgos or “milk” which forms the words GagopÍx meaning “curdling milk” and Galourgeo, “a make of milk”.




The Turkish word Zeybek (Zeibek) derives from the Hellenic word Zeus (ancient Greek God) and the Phrygian word Bekos for 'bread' (see 'baker').


Arabic words with a Greek origin




Algorithm is a Greek word which derives from the Ancient Greek Algos meaning "pain of mind" and Rythmos meaning "measure, proportion or symmetry" or Arithmos meaning “number” which the Arabs transliterated not very well into Al-Khwarizmi. Alga Rythmi is the plural conjuration of Algos Rythmos and means Difficult Symmetries or Difficult Measures.


Aljabr, Algebra


Algebra is another Greek word which has been corrupted by the Arabs. It also derives from Algos meaning “pain of mind” combine with Barys meaning “severe” or “serious” which gives Algo Bary or Serious Difficulty.



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