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Old 09-19-2017, 03:07 AM
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http://www.lexic.us/definition-of/oont

1. Noun. (India) A camel, especially an attractive camel

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Old 09-19-2017, 03:21 AM
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I'd google it, but I'm not sure I want to know what an attractive camel looks like.
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Old 09-19-2017, 05:52 AM
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I braved it, and found a poem by Kipling:

https://books.google.co.za/books?id=...0camel&f=false
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Thanks. Kipling apparently didn't share the "attractive" perception of them.

I've ridden a camel and I've been woken up by camels on the shore of the Dead Sea, but it never occurred to me to find myself attracted to them (or to imagine that was even possible). Maybe they were all just camels & not oonts. Anyway, I wonder if there's a word for the unattractive ones.

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1. Noun. (India) A camel, especially an attractive camel
Everything after the comma... Say wha?
Lol, I have played that word literally hundreds of times and never looked it up.
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1. Noun. (India) A camel, especially an attractive camel

Everything after the comma... Say wha?
Muslims practice Qurbani once per year all across the globe. It is the legal, ritualistic, sacrifice of a goat, sheep, cow or camel on a specific day in order to become closer to Allah. In Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, there are thousands of camels slaughtered every year by Muslims in devotion to God. This camel slaughter is called Oont Ki Qurbani. The camel that is purchased to be a sacrifice in this ritual is called a Beautiful Animal or Beautiful Camel. Hence, an oont (pronounced unt) is a term that refers to a camel, but especially an attractive or beautiful one, and in this case, attractive or beautiful means an animal that is selected to be ritualistically killed in public for religious reasons.

There is another reason why they need the word oont.

In Arabic, the word for camel is jamal جمل and the word for beauty is jamal جمال.

As you can see, the Arabic spellings are slightly different, but the English spellings are identical and the pronunciation is the same. Writing "Beautiful Camel" in Arabic can be confusing. It appears and sounds like camel camel. As a result, they borrowed a term that means camel from the Sanskrit ushtra (unt-ra) and use an alternate spelling of that (oont) to refer to camels used in the Oont Ki Qurbani.

Oont is rarely used outside of these Muslim religious practices, but has occasionally been used by non-Muslims to refer to regular camels.

And as an aside, in yoga, there is a position called ushtra-asana, ustra asana, or simply ustrasana, which means camel pose. Ustra, from the Sanskrit ushtra, means camel, and asana, which is valid in Boggle and Scrabble, literally means seat, but is used to mean posture, pose or position in yoga.
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