May 13, 2012
coffee (noun)
\KAW-fee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a drink made from roasted and ground seeds of a tropical tree or shrub related to the madder2 : coffee seeds or a plant producing them3 : a cup of coffee
How do you use it?
"The smell of coffee had always attracted him. He was disappointed at the bitter taste. The chocolate, however, was even better than he had dared to hope." (Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain)
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these languages do you think played a part in the history of the word "coffee"?

Time to wake up and smell the coffee - Turkish coffee, that is. "Coffee" traces back to Turkish and Italian. The parents of "coffee," Turkish "kahve" and Italian "caffe," in turn derive from the Arabic word "qahwa." The English names of some other food items have Turkish origins as well. These include the cubes of meat marinated and cooked on skewers known as "shish kebab," as well as "caviar," the salted eggs of a large fish that are usually served as an appetizer. The name of the semisolid milk product we call "yogurt" was also borrowed directly from Turkish.
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