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or shikaree

[shi-kahr-ee] /ʃɪˈkɑr i/
noun, plural shikaris.
(in India) a person who hunts big game, especially a professional guide or hunter.
Origin of shikari
1815-25; < Urdu < Persian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mahadua had come to accompany the party, and, somewhat perplexed, Finnerty turned to the shikari for an explanation.

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
  • The shikari said nothing, but counted it out at seventy yards.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • I had gone after a tiger, and my shikari had prepared an excellent seat on a tree at an absolutely safe height.

  • You have answered well, shikari; it shall be said that you are a brave man.

  • The shikari placed his hands before his eyes as though to shut out some horrible picture, and groaned aloud.

  • I once asked a native shikari if he had ever fired at a flying bird.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • The shikari pressed their shoulders, and a low hiss enforced the necessity for absolute silence.

    Rujub, the Juggler G. A. Henty
  • As he spoke the shikari touched him on the shoulder and pointed.

    Rujub, the Juggler G. A. Henty
  • A warning hiss from the shikari again induced Wilson to silence.

    Rujub, the Juggler G. A. Henty
  • Looking back, I saw with the shikari another of a white face.

    The Sa'-Zada Tales William Alexander Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for shikari


noun (pl) -ris, -rees
(in India) a hunter
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