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rayah

[rah-yuh, rahy-uh] /ˈrɑ yə, ˈraɪ ə/
noun
1.
a Christian subject of an Ottoman ruler.
Also, raya.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; < Turkish reaya < Arabic ra'īyah subject, literally, flock; cf. ryot
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British Dictionary definitions for rayah

rayah

/ˈrɑːjə; ˈraɪə/
noun
1.
(formerly) a non-Muslim subject of the Ottoman Empire Also (less common) raia
Word Origin
C19: from Turkish raiyye, from Arabic ra`iyah herd, flock
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