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Perhaps from a Turkic language, see Common Turkic *aš. [1], however there seems to be an unexplained mismatch in vowel length.

Compare Azerbaijani , Bashkir аш (), Yakut ас (as).

Alternatively, inherited from Middle Persian [Term?] (/āš/), a hapax legomenon found in the Vendidad, although this word is claimed to be misread [2].

Connections with Sanskrit आश (āśa, food) are also sometimes proposed, but the correspondance would not be regular.


  • IPA(key): /ʔɒːʃ/


Dari Persian آش
Iranian Persian آش
Tajiki Persian ош ()

آش (âš) (plural آش‌ها(âš-hâ))

  1. thick Persian-style soup
  2. pottage

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  1. ^ Doerfer, Gerhard (1965) Türkische und mongolische Elemente im Neupersischen [Turkic and Mongolian Elements in New Persian] (Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur: Veröffentlichungen der Orientalischen Kommission; 19) (in German), volume 2, Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner Verlag, page 59
  2. ^ “ĀŠ (soup)”, in Encyclopædia Iranica, online edition[1], New York, accessed 2018-12-22