lascar

lascar

[las-ker]
noun
1.
an East Indian sailor.
2.
Indian English. an artilleryman.
Also, lashkar.


Origin:
1615–25; < Portuguese, short for lasquarin soldier < Urdu lashkarī < Persian, equivalent to lashkar army + suffix of appurtenance

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lascar (ˈlæskə)
 
n
a sailor from the East Indies
 
[C17: from Urdu lashkar soldier, from Persian: the army]

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