English Loanwords (A-Z) II

Can you name the loanwords in English by their definitions for each letter of the alphabet?

Definition (Origin)LoanwordLetter
A heavy, hooded, waterproof jacket (Greenlandic)A
A large kerchief, often colorful, worn around the head or neck (Hindi)B
A pile of stones erected as a landmark or monument, often on trails (Scottish Gaelic)C
A young woman making her first appearance to society (French)D
Made in imitation; artificial, especially of a poor quality (German)E
A Chinese system of laws governing the flow of energy through space, often applied to building and landscape design (Mandarin)F
Word used to wish good health to someone who has just sneezed (German)G
A short, three-line poem, often consisting of five, then seven, then five syllables (Japanese)H
A complicated, entangled situation (Italian)I
A large, spotted cat native to South and Central America (Tupi)J
Art or objects that are in poor taste or overly sentimental or garish (German)K
Something incredibly large, especially a sea monster (Hebrew)L
A deep-toned instrument similar to a xylophone (Bantu*)M
Definition (Origin)LoanwordLetter
A state of perfect bliss (Sanskrit)N
A word that sounds like the thing it represents (Greek)O
A field where rice is grown (Malay)P
A savory egg pie, often including meats and vegetables (French)Q
A two-wheeled carriage drawn by a person (Japanese)R
An improvised knife used as a weapon (Romani)S
Forbidden or prohibited, often due to social customs (Tongan)T
A cloth-covered frame used to protect against the rain or sun (Italian)U
Forbidden or prohibited, especially by an authority (German)V
A dome-shaped hut or tent made by fastening mats, skins, or bark over a framework of poles, used by Native Americans in the Northeastern US (Abenaki)W
An idealized place of great or idyllic magnificence and beauty; also, a pleasure palace (Mandarin**)X
A strong longing or yearning (Cantonese)Y
A corpse that has been reanimated, and which typically attacks the living (Bantu*)Z
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  • * Originates from some language in the Bantu language subfamily
    ** Not really a loanword, as it comes comes from a place name
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