Etymology
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hookah (n.)

also hooka, 1763, via Hindi or Persian or directly from Arabic huqqah "small box, vessel" (through which the smoke is drawn), related to huqq "a hollow place." Extended in Urdu to the whole apparatus.

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Definitions of hookah

hookah (n.)
an oriental tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water;
a bipolar world with the hookah and Turkish coffee versus hamburgers and Coca Cola
Synonyms: narghile / nargileh / sheesha / shisha / chicha / calean / kalian / water pipe / hubble-bubble / hubbly-bubbly
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