spahi

or spa·hee

[ spah-hee ]
/ ˈspɑ hi /
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noun, plural spa·his.

one of a body of native Algerian cavalry in the French service.
(formerly) a cavalryman in the Turkish army.

Origin of spahi

1555–65; < Middle French < Turkish sipahi < Persian sipāhī. Cf. sepoy
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spahi

spahee

/ (ˈspɑːhiː, ˈspɑːiː) /

noun plural -his or -hees

(formerly) an irregular cavalryman in the Turkish armed forces
a member of a body of native Algerian cavalrymen in the French armed forces: disbanded after Algerian independence

Word Origin for spahi

C16: from Old French, from Turkish sipahi, from Persian sipāhī soldier; see sepoy
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