bashibazouk

bashi-bazouk

[bash-ee-buh-zook]
noun
(formerly) one of a class of irregular mounted troops in the Turkish military service.

Origin:
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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bashibazouk (ˌbæʃɪbəˈzuːk)
 
n
(in the 19th century) one of a group of irregular Turkish soldiers notorious for their brutality
 
[C19: from Turkish başibozuk irregular soldier, from bas head + bozuk corrupt]

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