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Originally Posted by kwaw
'Waraq' also means "Silver that has been flattened into very thin leaves by hammering it between two leather sheets." The waraq or 'silver leaf' is then used to decorate food [e.g. commonly used on Indian sweets].

WELL - I read recently that Tarocchi (the word) might relate to the gold leaf on Visconti etc decks, from the Italian taroccare, which meant to hammer out gold leaf.....

Huson says a lot about suit derivations from Mamluk cards BTW - I will type it up later if anyone hasn't seen it....
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