[INDOLOGY] Naga Jolokia

Lubomír Ondračka ondracka at ff.cuni.cz
Sat Jan 12 17:43:10 UTC 2019

Dear Daniel,

I think it might come from Sanskrit jvala, which is in Bengali pronounced as [jolo], + Bengali adjectival suffix -kiẏā. So jvalakiẏā [jolokiya] would thus mean 'burning'. 


On Sat, 12 Jan 2019 15:50:43 +0100
Balogh Dániel via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> out of curiosity, would any of you have knowledge about the word jolokia 
> in the name of the infamous chili pepper Naga Jolokia (also Bhut Jolokia 
> and Bih Jolokia, where Bhut is definitely भूत and Bih may be a tadbhava 
> from विष). At any rate, I'd welcome any hints about jolokia: what 
> language this word is in, and what its original meaning may be. The 
> spelling in the original language is also of interest.
> Thank you,
> Daniel
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