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derebey

(Turkish: "valley lord"), any of several feudal lords in Anatolia who, from the early 18th century, became virtually independent of the Ottoman central government. After these feudatories disappeared in the 19th century, the term came to designate great hereditary landlords in southern and eastern Turkey who exercised "quasi-feudal" rights over the peasants.

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