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Can you name the language of origin for the following English loanwords?

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ExamplesLanguage of Origin
Futon, Ninja, Tycoon
Caviar, Tulip, Yoghurt
Cheetah, Jungle, Shampoo
Cash, Curry, Pariah
Asbestos, Gymnasium, Tyrant
Raccoon, Tomahawk, Wigwam
Circus, Index, Quota
Haka, Kiwi, Moa
Assassin, Coffee, Zero
Anchovy, Bizarre, Jingo
Breeze, Flamingo, Massage
Guano, Llama, Puma
Bazaar, Caravan, Shawl
Clan, Glen, Plaid
Boulder, Smorgasbord, Wicker
Boogie, Gorilla, Mojo
Bistro, Mammoth, Troika
Balaclava, Borscht, Cossack
Bungalow, Dinghy, Tom-Tom
Horde, Mazurka, Pierogi
Bludgeon, Gull, Puffin
Bamboo, Junk, Paddy
Ginseng, Kung Fu, Typhoon
Drip, Kidnap, Skulk
ExamplesLanguage of Origin
Corduroy, Gourmet, Sabotage
Geyser, Narwhal, Saga
Cashew, Piranha, Tapioca
Hula, Luau, Ukulele
Boondocks, Cooties, Yo-Yo
Bagel, Klutz, Yenta
Sherpa, Yak, Yeti
Igloo, Kayak, Mukluk
Fjord, Lemming, Slalom
Coach, Hussar, Shako
Banshee, Galore, Shanty
Chili, Coyote, Tomato
Bravo, Maestro, Umbrella
Chopsuey, Gung Ho, Wok
Coral, Jubilee, Leviathan
Avatar, Dharma, Nirvana
Armada, Lagoon, Stampede
Boomerang, Dingo, Koala
Crowd, Flannel, Penguin
Howitzer, Polka, Robot
Commando, Trek, Wildebeest
Canoe, Hammock, Hurricane
Dyke, Jeer, Yacht
Blitz, Lager, Waltz

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