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  1. إسكندراني

    إسكندراني Senior Member

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    I read that this word (meaning dress) entered Arabic via Turkish and is of Albanian origin, can someone confirm this?
  2. Perseas Senior Member

    I read that there is the Latin word "fustaneum" < Lat. "fustis". The Italian "fustagno" ( = a thick rough cotton cloth) is a derivative.

    Also, in Greek "φουστάνι" (fust'ani) means woman's dress.
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  3. fdb Senior Member

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    Arabic fustān, Albanian fustan “woman’s dress” are presumably connected with the Romance words for certain types of thick cloth: Old French fustaine, Modern French futaine, Italian f(r)ustagno, Spanish fustan, English fustian (from Old French), all from mediaeval Latin fustaneum, as mentioned by Perseas.
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  5. origumi Senior Member

    In Hebrew (and apparently other Northwest Semitic languages) the word pishtan or pishta means flax (Linum Usitatissimum) and linen made of the plant. The word is old, attested already (as most scholars agree) in the Gezer Calendar of 10th century BC. So direct or indirect Semitic origin, maybe as an international word, sounds reasonable to me.
  6. إسكندراني

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    This might suggest the word existed in Egypt since a very long time ago (it's restricted to Egyptian usage, it seems no other arabs use it) and since p in hebrew is rendered ف (f) in Arabic traditionally it is an interesting route of inquiry. This may have been an ancient international word in the mediterranean.
  7. Treaty Senior Member

    I have read in wiki that, Fusṭāṭ فسطاط means "tent" in Arabic. If so, is it another Arabic version of our topic's word? Britannica mentions that the mediaeval city of Fusṭāṭ is the root for Latin fustis. (I think it is opposite, given the relatively recent date of founding the city in 650AD).

    In addition, in Persian, we use fāstūnī فاستونی for a woolen thick cloth (sometimes cotton cloth). Persian dictionaries claim it is a Russian loanword. Is the supposed Russian root (if any) related to our topic as well?
  8. aruniyan Senior Member

    In Tamil cotton is paruthi.
  9. إسكندراني

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    I very much doubt the word فسطاط and فستان have any relation. Moreover, how can latin develop a root well into the islamic era? I thought it was basically literary by that time. The hebrew/greek origin sounds more likely to me for these reasons.
  10. ancalimon Senior Member

    Is it possible that this word is related with the following Proto-Turkic word?

    In Turkish we call it "bez" So maybe fistan < bezden : made of cloth, linen. (-den , -dan suffix: from xxx, made of xxx)
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  11. arielipi Senior Member

    I think pishtan already appears in the bible.

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