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bashi-bazouk

[bash-ee-buh-zook] /ˌbæʃ i bəˈzuk/
noun
1.
(formerly) one of a class of irregular mounted troops in the Turkish military service.
Origin of bashi-bazouk
1850-1855
1850-55; < Turkish başι-bozuk civilian, irregular, orig., leaderless, not attached (to a regular military unit), literally, (one) whose head (is) broken
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