or spa·hee


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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  5. spagyric,
  6. spahis,
  7. spahn,
  8. spain,
  9. spake,
  10. spalato

Origin of spahi

1555–65; < Middle French < Turkish sipahi < Persian sipāhī. Cf. sepoy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for spahi



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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