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ryot

[rahy-uh t]
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noun (in India)
  1. a peasant.
  2. a person who holds land as a cultivator of the soil.

Origin of ryot

1615–25; < Hindi raiyat < Persian < Arabic raʿīyah subjects, literally, flock
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ryot

noun
  1. (in India) a peasant or tenant farmer

Word Origin

C17: from Hindi ra`īyat, from Arabic ra`īyah flock, peasants, from ra`ā pasture
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