Gurkha

Gurkha

[gur-kuh, goor-]
noun, plural Gurkhas (especially collectively) Gurkha.
1.
a member of a Rajput people, Hindu in religion, who achieved dominion over Nepal in the 18th century.
2.
a Nepalese soldier in the British or Indian army.

Origin:
1805–15

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Gurkha (ˈɡʊəkɑː, ˈɡɜːkə)
 
n , pl -khas, -kha
1.  a member of a Hindu people, descended from Brahmins and Rajputs, living chiefly in Nepal, where they achieved dominance after being driven from India by the Muslims
2.  a member of this people serving as a soldier in the Indian or British army

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Gurkha
1811, member of a dominant race of Nepal, of Hindu descent, famous as warriors.
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