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Anc Sci Life. 1982 Apr-Jun; 1(4): 239.
PMCID: PMC3336687

CHINESE ORIGIN OF THE WORDS CANE AND SUGAR CANDY IN ENGLISH AND OF KHAND IN HINDUSTANI

Abstract

Cane and Candy are traceable to two Chinese words both pronounced Kan. One word means Cane or pole when Kan finally became cane in English. The other word Kan means sweet. Then there is the Chinese word Dih which means Drops when Kan-Dih became Candy and means Sweet Drops. Sugar crystals would be like sand in size. Candy of the size of drops. While Misri of small stones, the term Kan-Dih entered Arabic as Qan-D and Sanskrit as Khan - Da and Hindustan as Khan–D.


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