Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hindi Word in English: Jungle

The English word JUNGLE is from the Hindi word jangal (also Marathi), meaning a "forest, wasteland," which in turn is derived from Sanskrit jangala, "desert, uncultivated land."

The modern English sense of a "land overgrown with vegetation" dates to the 19th century, and the Oxford English Dictionary suspects that its evolution in English might be influenced by the word "tangle."

Here's a picture of an elephant in the Wayanad Tholpetty Range in Kerala, India:


You might be familiar with Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book and Second Jungle Book; he was born in India and grew up there. More at Wikipedia.

 






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