"Arobaini na sita"
July 24, 2018
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Arobaini comes from Arabic أَرْبَعِين (ʾarbaʿīn), from أَرْبَعُونَ (ʾarbaʿūna, "forty", from أَرْبَع [ʾarbaʿ, “four”] + ـُون [-ūn]).
Sita, unlike most of the one digit cardinal numbers, is also of Arabic origin. Indo-European words for six (including the English number) have been called an old semitic loan. The same relationship (certain for Swahili, not so much for Indo-European) happens with seven/saba.