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Akkadian Language Notes

Akkadian is the extinct Language of the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia (the modern day Iraq). The language is a member of the Afro-Asiatic family.

The list of words here includes some of the oldest words borrowed into English. Many of these words came to English via Hebrew or Greek.

Babel from 'babul' - gate of God Ancient city.
Babylon from 'babul' - gate of God Ancient capital city.
cherub gracious  
dragoman interpreter  
Orion from 'Uru Anna' - light of heaven A constellation.
ziggurat pinnacle A type of temple.

[Borrowed Words (Afrikaans)] [Borrowed Words (Albanian)]

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