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August 12, 2005

Ab zipo

Iranians call light-colored tea "ab zipo". What is/origin of "zipo"?
Houman Younessi wrote: Zipo comes from the Latin/Italian Suppa (soup, runny).

Other guesses
* S. Nia.: Zipo is a city in China and the water color is yellow, like Chinese tea. Some people also say Ab-e dahan-e mordeh (corpse mouth water).
* Viviane Barzel: Zip is zipper... light color reminding urine. There is another expression: Azmaayesh edraar (urine sample).

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