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Nair

[nahyer, nahy-er] /naɪər, ˈnaɪ ər/
noun, plural Nair, Nairs.
1.
a group of Hindu castes in the Kerala region of India.
2.
a member of any one of these castes.
adjective
3.
of or relating to this group of castes or their members.
Also, Nayer.
Origin of Nair
1580-1585
1580-85; < Portuguese naire < Malayalam nāyar members of ruling caste < Sanskrit nāya to lead
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