Lakh (Hindi: लाख lakh [ lɑ ː k ʰ ]; Sanskrit लक्ष Laksa [ lʌkʂʌ ]; well lac (k ) in English ) is the number of South Asian word for " one hundred thousand ". Variants of the word are found in most South Asian languages ​​and Swahili. Also in Indian English the number word is used lakh. The term for " ten million " reads crore. "Million ", however, is unusual in South Asia.

A city with 8 million inhabitants such as Bangalore has after this manner of speech " 80 lakh people". The use of this unit means that the digit grouping from the usual in European languages ​​differs: How to write " 80,00,000 " for 80 lakh.

The word comes lakh on the ancient Indian Laksa possibly from ur - Indo-European * loks " trout " and first meant " immense amount ", then " 100,000 ". The Etymological dictionary of the German language led to suggest an Urverwandtschaft of salmon and Indian numeral to the 21st edition (1975 ), most recently " without etymological security. " In Ancient Egyptian exists with the tadpole hieroglyph HFN " 100,000 ", a likewise oriented to aquatic life Parallel lakh. The importance of Sanskrit Laksa for the debate about the original homeland of the Indo-Europeans is shown under the heading of salmon argument.

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