List of English words of Finnish origin
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However the following words of Finnish origin are some examples:
The most commonly used Finnish word in English is sauna, and it has been loaned to many other languages as well.
Words derived from Finnish used in more specialized fields:
- aapa mire - a marsh type, in biology
- palsa - low, often oval, frost heaves occurring in polar and subpolar climates
- pulk - a type of toboggan (derivative of word pulkka)
- Rapakivi granite - a granite rock in petrology
In English, Finnish words used with reference to the Finnish culture, but not nativized in English and not used in other contexts:
- sisu - the Finnish state of mind about strong character and 'grim forbearance,' has been documented in English since at least 1940.
- kantele - a Finnish zither
- motti - a Finnish military tactic
- salmiakki - a salty liquorice and popular Finnish candy
|For a list of words relating to with Finnish language origins, see the Finnish derivations category of words in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.|
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