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, an Arabic word of uncertain etymology, which is the basis of the usual words for coffee in various languages. Originally a name for wine, found already in the old poetry (see Landberg, Etudes ii, 1057 and al-Ag̲h̲ānī , 1st ed., vi, 1107, viii, 7916, xx, 1808), this word was transferred towards the end of the 8th/14th century in the Yemen to the beverage made from the berry of the coffee tree. The assumption of such a transference of meaning is not, it is true, accepted by some who consider ḳahwa —at least in the sense of coffee—as a word of African origin and…

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Arendonk, C. Van and K. N. Chaudhuri, “Ḳahwa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0418>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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