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One of my students asked: Why does the word <bazaar> meaning a marketplace, have that double <a>?

EtymOnline says, "1580s, from It. bazarra, ultimately from Pers. bazar (Pahlavi vacar) "a market." OED says "Ultimately < Persian bāzār market. It has been adopted in Hindustani and Turkish, and seems to have come into English use first from the latter, through Italian."

Any thoughts?

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