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n. pl. tan·doors or tan·door·i (-do͝or′ē)
A cylindrical oven made of clay, heated over charcoal or wood, and used in South Asia and Central Asia for baking bread and roasting meat.

[Hindi and Urdu tandūr, from Persian tanūr, tundūr, oven, from Middle Persian tanūr, from Old Iranian tanūra-; akin to Aramaic tannūrā, Akkadian tinūru, and Sumerian duruna, all probably from a substrate source in southwest Asia .]
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a type of clay oven used in India, Pakistan, and parts of the Middle East
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n., pl. -doors, -door•i (-ˈdʊər i)
a clay oven used esp. in the cooking of N India and Pakistan for roasting and baking at high heat.
[1655–65; < Hindi, Urdu tandūr < Persian tanūr]
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Noun1.tandoor - a clay oven used in northern India and Pakistan
oven - kitchen appliance used for baking or roasting
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