Origin of the word 'Hindu'

Nathan Katz, University of South Florida NKATZ at CFRVM.EARN
Mon Jun 28 13:54:12 UTC 1993

As I learned it, "kush" derives from Persian "kashidan", which means "to
kill." Thus, the Hindu Kush mountains are "Hindu-killers" because they
presented such a formidable obstacle. This, in any case, is the folk etymology
au courant in Kabul. --Nathan Katz

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