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From Middle Valthungian drengzji, dregzjil, from Old Valthungian *ndreagjal

Likely from Persian نارگیل (nârgêl), possibly later influenced by Arabic نَرْجِيل (narjīl); ultimately from Sanskrit नारिकेल (nārikela), which in turn is likely from a Dravidian source. As with many fruits and spices, it is unclear by which route this word made it into the language, and this is a particularly surprising case, because the initial metathesis and loss (or inexplicable displacement) of /n/ indicates that this was a very early addition to the language, likely by the 8th century. Middle Valthungian has an attested drengzji, showing the displaced /n/, and also a form dregzjil without /n/ but showing a final /l/ which seems to have been lost in the modern language..



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Strong neuter ija-stem noun drenge, ‘{{{3}}}’
  Nominative Genitive Dative Accusative
Sg. drenge drengis drenǧa drenge
Pl. drenǧa drenǧiro drenǧim drenǧa