List of English words of Sami origin

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English words of Sami origin are relatively rare, having usually entered the English language via some other language.

Words loaned to English[edit]

Some words specific to the arctic environment have been loaned to English, specifically: (archaic) "morse" (walrus) ← Sami morša (via Slavic), "tundra" ← Kildin Sami tūnndra "to the treeless plain" (via Russian). In Kildin Sami, the word for tundra is tūndâr, tūnndra is in the illative case (or the diminutive derivative).


Johanna Laakso (toim.). Uralilaiset kansat. WSOY 1991.

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