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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.
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Origin of spahi

1555–65; <Middle French <Turkish sipahi<Persian sipāhī.Cf. sepoy
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British Dictionary definitions for spahi

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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