Olives, olives everywhere

I read somewhere that as many as 4,000 words in the Spanish vocabulary are of Arabic origin. All the words starting “al-” are, I believe, like alcazar (castle) and algodón (cotton), and some others, like azúcar. And today in my Arabic class, I learned another: olive. In Spanish, aceituna; in Arabic, zaituna.

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