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A dubious reference to the incendiary nature of pubic hair and its propensity to burst into flames spontaneously when the person in question has been adequately teased or irritated. This property of pubic hair may be little more than urban legend, may have roots in Bengali mythology- but the usage persists to this day. ("Jhaat"- Pubic Hair, "Jalano"- To burn)

Usage

Bhojohori- "Ei, how many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?"
Horipodo- Saala, jhaat jalano hochey naki? (Are you trying to set my pubic hair on fire, here?)
Added 2012-05-11 by Pocha Kaka

Root

Bengali

Region

Calcutta

Related Terms

jhaatu