lascar


noun

  1. an East Indian sailor.
  2. Indian English. an artilleryman.

noun

  1. a sailor from the East Indies

n.East Indian sailor, 1620s, from Portuguese lachar, from Hindi lashkari “soldier, native sailor,” from lashkar “army, camp,” from Persian lashkar. Cf. Arabic al-‘askar “the army,” perhaps from Persian.

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