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lascar

[las-ker] /ˈlæs kər/
noun
1.
an East Indian sailor.
2.
Indian English. an artilleryman.
Also, lashkar.
Origin of lascar
1615-1625
1615-25; < Portuguese, short for lasquarin soldier < Urdu lashkarī < Persian, equivalent to lashkar army + suffix of appurtenance
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  • That is only a lascar, one of the sailors, a picturesque fellow, isn't he?

  • Grief and rage convulsed the fierce face of the wounded lascar.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • A lascar sailor, who was living with the savages, acted as interpreter.

    The Long White Cloud

    William Pember Reeves
  • He has crept out of the lascar's attic, and he saw the light.

    A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Here is a lascar ashore from the big steamer that is to start for Alexandria on the morrow.

    Sunrise William Black
  • There was the boat, the lascar resting motionless on his oar.

    In Clive's Command

    Herbert Strang
  • From the lascar he had learned all that he ever knew of the motives of the Gujarati's action.

    In Clive's Command

    Herbert Strang
  • There were in my rank a woman, a cripple, and a lascar from the ships.

    A Diversity of Creatures

    Rudyard Kipling
  • I have seen a lascar several times while I have been down there.

  • The food belonged to Pambe, the Serang or head man of the lascar sailors.

    Life's Handicap Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for lascar

lascar

/ˈlæskə/
noun
1.
a sailor from the East Indies
Word Origin
C17: from Urdu lashkar soldier, from Persian: the army
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Word Origin and History for lascar
n.

East Indian sailor, 1620s, from Portuguese lachar, from Hindi lashkari "soldier, native sailor," from lashkar "army, camp," from Persian lashkar. Cf. Arabic al-'askar "the army," perhaps from Persian.

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