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[tahn-doo r]
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noun, plural tan·doors, tan·door·i [tahn-doo r-ee] /tɑnˈdʊər i/. Indian Cookery.
  1. a cylindrical clay oven, fired to a high heat by wood or charcoal, in which foods, especially meats, are cooked and bread is baked.
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Origin of tandoor

1655–65; < Hindi, Urdu tandūr < Persian tanūr
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Word Origin and History for tandoor


1660s, from Turkish pronunciation of Persian and Arabic tannur "oven, portable furnace" (see tandoori).

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