AGNI God of Fire.
AIYO Alas! |Ai| runs together almost like |eye.| The word is repeated rapidly, Eye-eye Y[=o] Eye-eye Y[=o]!
AMM[=A] Mother! (vocative case). |A| is pronounced like |u| in |up.| The word is also used by all women in speaking to each other, and by girls in speaking to women.
AMM[=A]L Lady or woman. |A| is pronounced like |u| in |up.|
ANNA One penny.
ARECA NUT Nut |eaten| by the Indians with betel leaf or lime.
BETEL Leaf of a creeper.
BANDY A bullock cart.
BRAHMA The first person in the Hindu Triad, regarded as the Creator.
BRAHMAN The highest of the Hindu Castes.
BRAMO SAMAJ A sect of Hindu reformers who honour Christ as a man, but reject Him as a Saviour.
CHEE! Exclamation of derision, disgust, or remonstrance.
COMPOUND A piece of ground surrounding a house.
COOLIE A paid labourer. |Coolie| is the Tamil word for pay.
CURRY A preparation of meat or vegetables made by grinding various condiments and mixing them together.
FAKEER Religious beggar.
GURU A religious teacher.
IYER Title given to Brahmans and Gurus.
PADDY Rice in the husk. Paddy fields = rice fields.
PARIAH A depressed class.
P[=U]JAH Worship. |[=u]| is pronounced like |oo.|
RUPEE Value 1s.4d.
SAIVITE A worshipper of Siva.
SALAAM A salutation meaning |peace,| used in greeting and farewell, and often in the sense of |thank you.|
The right hand is raised to the forehead as one says salaam.
SEELEY Tamil woman's dress of silk, muslin, or cotton.
SHANAR A Caste of Palmyra-palm climbers.
SIVA The third person in the Hindu Triad. The Destroyer.
TOM-TOM An Indian drum.
VAISHNAVITE A worshipper of Vishnu.
VELLALAR A Caste of landowners and cultivators.
VISHNU The second person in the Hindu Triad. The Preserver.