a fair and balanced birdthing (raaven) wrote,
a fair and balanced birdthing
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(cross-posted to tastytreats and linguaphiles)

I'm not sure if this is more appropriately a food or language question, but here goes:

Kebab (kabob, kabab, kabab) means, in several cuisines, food run impaled on a stick and then grilled. When I was a child, we actually called this dish shish-kebab. From bellydancing, I have come to associate the word shisha with mirrored decorations sewn into clothing.

Does anyone know:

a) what the shish prefix means?
b) whether or not it's related to shisha?
c) what language supplied either, both or all three terms?
d) other, similar terms for the same dish?
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