Origin of mulligatawny

First recorded in 1775–85, mulligatawny is from the Tamil word miḷakutaṇṇīr literally, pepper water Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a curry-flavoured soup of Anglo-Indian origin, made with meat stock

Word Origin for mulligatawny

C18: from Tamil milakutanni, from milaku pepper + tanni water
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