I heard recenntly that the word jungle originated from a word in the sanskrit language is this true
Yes, but by way of Hindi. The Hindi word for forest is jangal which came from the Sanskrit, jangala, meaning, oddly enough, a desert area. It was assimilated into English during the British colonization of India (Webster's puts it at 1776).

Incidentally, certain other words, like "pajamas" came from Hindi the same way, but owe their further origin to Persian (pa, "leg," and jama, "garment") rather than Sanskrit.

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