fedayeen

fedayee

[fe-dah-yee]
noun, plural fedayeen [fe-dah-yeen] .
a member of an Arab commando group operating especially against Israel.

Origin:
1950–55; < dialectal Arabic fidāʾī (plural fidāʾīyīn) one who sacrifices himself (especially for his country)

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fedayee (fəˈdɑːjiː)
 
n , pl -yeen
(sometimes capital) (in Arab states) a commando, esp one fighting against Israel
 
[from Arabic fidā'i one who risks his life in a cause, from fidā' redemption]

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fedayeen
partisans or irregulars in the Middle East, from Arabic pl. of fedai "devotee, zealot, one who risks life for a cause," from Pers. fidai.
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