Tamil words in English
GANESANS at CL.UH.EDU
Sun Feb 15 14:07:16 UTC 1998
Mr. Sarma wrote:
>You are absolutely right. But here we are interested in how "koel"
>entered English. That I do not think is from sanskrit or prAkrit. It
>can be from telugu "kOyila" or from north indian languages like Hindi
>which have the word "kOyal.
I am not so sure. According to the Oxford dictionary, the word
was first used by Erskine in 1826. There is a Erskine hospital
in Madurai. It could have come from tamil too.
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