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A hookah or waterpipe is a single or multi-stemmed instrument for smoking tobacco in which the smoke is cooled and filtered by passing through water. Originally from India, hookah has gained popularity, especially in the Middle East and is gaining popularity in North America , Europe, Australia and Brazil.

Depending on locality, hookahs or shishas may be referred to by many names: Arabic language use it as Shisha or Nargeela or Argeela and they use it throughout the whole of the Arab World; Narguileh is the name most commonly used in Turkey, Cyprus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, and Syria.Narghile derives from the Persian word nārghile, meaning coconut, which in turn is from the Sanskrit word nārikela , suggesting that early hookahs were hewn from coconut shells.

In Albania, Bosnia, Croatia the hookah is called "Lula" or "Lulava" in Romani, meaning "pipe," the word "shishe" refers to the actual bottle piece.

Wikipedia, Hookahs, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hookahs (as of Apr 7, 2010)

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