Origin of Swahili
Swahili from Arabic sawāḥilī of the coasts from sawāḥil pl. of sāḥil coast active participle of saḥala to scrape off, smooth šḥl in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Swahili swahili, from plural of Arabic ساحل (sāḥil, “coast").
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