Tandoor definition

tän-do͝or
A cylindrical oven made of clay, heated over charcoal or wood, and used in South Asia and Central Asia for baking bread and roasting meat.
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An oven, originally in India, made of clay and capable of high temperatures, for fast cooking or baking.
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A cylindrical clay oven used, in the cuisine of the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent, to make flat bread, or to cook meat.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tandoor
Plural:
tandoors

Origin of tandoor

  • Hindi Urdu tandūr from Persian tanūr, tundūr oven from Middle Persian tanūr from Old Iranian tanūra- Aramaic tannūrā Akkadian tinūru and Sumerian duruna all probably from a substrate source in southwest Asia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Hindustani तन्दूर (tandÅ«r) / تندور (tandÅ«r), from Persian تنور (tanur), from Middle Persian tnwl (tanÅ«r, “oven"), ultimately from Akkadian [script?] (tinÅ«ru)[script?], all meaning oven.

    From Wiktionary