Glossary of Terms: Becoming Minnesotan

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Adjective:  Indispensable; important.

khat (qat)

Noun:  A plant native to East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula that may be chewed as a mild stimulant; it is illegal in the United States.

kheng (qeej)

Noun:  A bamboo and wooden mouth organ found throughout Eastern Asia, played by the Hmong at funerals and during New Year.

Khmer Rouge

A Cambodian Communist guerrilla force active from the 1970s to the 1990s under the leadership of Pol Pot.


Noun:  Short for kilogram, a unit of weight.  1 kilogram equals 2.2 pounds.


Adverb:  With full knowledge and consideration.

Koran (Quran)

Noun:  The central religious text of the Islamic faith.

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