naan or nan (nän, năn)
A flat, leavened bread of northwest India, made of wheat flour and baked in a tandoor.
[Hindi and Urdu nān, bread, from Persian, from Middle Persian, from Old Persian *nagna-, probably originally meaning "naked, bare" (from being baked uncovered in an oven rather than covered in ash as other types of bread); see nogw- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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