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askari

[as-kuh-ree] /ˈæs kə ri/
noun, plural askaris, askari.
1.
a native African police officer or soldier, especially one serving a colonial administration.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Swahili < Arabic ʿaskarī soldier, equivalent to ʿaskar army (< Persian lashkar; cf. lascar) + suffix of appurtenance
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askari

/asˈkaːri/
noun
1.
(in East Africa) a soldier or policeman
Word Origin
C19: from Arabic: soldier
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