Glossary

Kade

Small roadside store or café

Origin:

Sinhalese

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Kaffir

The Sri Lankan Kaffirs are an ethnic group who are partially descended from 16th century Portuguese traders and the African slaves who were brought by them to work as labourers and soldiers to fight against the Sinhala Kings. The Kaffirs spoke a distinctive creole based on Portuguese. Their cultural heritage includes the dance styles Kaffirhina and Manja and their popular form of dance music Baila.

Origin:

Arabic, English

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Kaffirhina

A 6/8 musical rhythm brought from Africa by the Portuguese and their African slaves, played for the Baila

Origin:

Portuguese Creole

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Kalu Ganga

A river in the south-western coast of the island. The name means Black River.

Origin:

Sinhalese

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Kandyan

Related to Kandy. Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka. It was the last capital of the Sinhala Kings before the British conquered the whole island in 1815. The city lies in the hills of the Kandy plateau and is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most holy places for Buddhists around the world.

Origin:

English

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Karthacolomban

Variety of Jaffna mango

Origin:

Tamil

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Kata’ib

Traditional right-wing political-paramilitary organisation of the Lebanese phalanges Party supported by Christian Maronites

Origin:

Arabic

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Katiba

Group or tribe

Origin:

Arabic

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Keena

Calophyllum Walkeri. A large, handsome, slow growing tree with coriaceous leaves, bearing from January through April a profusion of pinkish white, sweet-scented flowers. Familiar as the mountain keena of Ceylon.

Origin:

English

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Keffiyeh

Traditional Arab headdress or scarf made of cotton typically worn by men

Origin:

Arabic

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Kiri hodhi

Popular soup made from coconut milk and spices. Translated means milk gravy.

Origin:

Sinhalese

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Kohomada

How are you? Used as a greeting.

Origin:

Sinhalese

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Kohomada Mahathaya

How are you sir?

Origin:

Sinhalese

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Koodu

During the Vesāk festival in Sri Lanka, colourful lanterns known as Vesāk Koodu are hung along streets and in front of homes. The lighting signifies an offering to the memory of the Buddha who delivered the message of Dhamma or Buddhism.

Origin:

Sinhalese

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Kottuwa

Fort

Origin:

Sinhalese

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