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 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Alfil. Jumps two diagonally (see Alfil).[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Nuno wrote on 2008-10-16 UTC
But I'm confused.. What is the name for Elephant in Arabic? since the
piece represented just that! 'Al' is the article ok.. ist it Fil? Or did
the name just made sense in Persian (Pil?)and the Arabs did the same thing
Spanish did in keeping the name without any mining? (well.. in reality
Alfil IS the Spanish word for Bishop, so it has a mining).
Any native Arabic please want's to comment?

Curious.. if my country (Portugal) and Spain have a lot in common on it's
evolution, why do We call also Bishop to the bishop? :P