Nicholas Sims-Williams, Some Bactrian Terms for Realia





This article discusses the history of three loanwords. A Bactrian origin is proposed for a word meaning "fort, military post," which is attested in Khotanese, Niya Prakrit, and Ossetic, and for a word for "sling (for hurling stones)" attested in New Persian. The Bactrian phrase sariggo zamo is interpreted as "glazed vessels, vessels of glazed (porcelain)," the adjective sariggo being derived from a Chinese word for "lacquer."



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