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(ˈspɑːhiː; ˈspɑːiː) or


n, pl -his or -hees
1. (Historical Terms) (formerly) an irregular cavalryman in the Turkish armed forces
2. (Historical Terms) a member of a body of native Algerian cavalrymen in the French armed forces: disbanded after Algerian independence
[C16: from Old French, from Turkish sipahi, from Persian sipāhī soldier; see sepoy]
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or spa•hee

(ˈspɑ hi)

n., pl. -his or -hees. (formerly)
1. one of a body of Algerian cavalry in French service.
2. a cavalryman in the Turkish army.
[1555–65; < Middle French < Turkish sipahi < Persian sipāhīr]
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References in classic literature ?
Hobnail, the reformer; and Reverend Jul Bat, who has converted the whole torrid zone in his Sunday school; and Signor Torre del Greco, who extinguished Vesuvius by pouring into it the Bay of Naples; Spahi, the Persian ambassador; and Tul Wil Shan, the exiled nabob of Nepaul, whose saddle is the new moon.--But these are monsters of one day, and to-morrow will be dismissed to their holes and dens; for in these rooms every chair is waited for.
There was a certain lieutenant of SPAHIS whom the government had reason to suspect of improper relations with a great European power.
A company of SPAHIS and three officers were to relieve another company already stationed there.
Although Tarzan was called early the following morning, the company of SPAHIS was on the march before he had finished his breakfast.
Thus it was that the company of SPAHIS marched on that afternoon toward Bou Saada without him.
Maximilian Morrel, captain of Spahis, my friend; and what is more -- however the man speaks for himself my preserver.
He said the 'Spahi Maqbool Hussain' was the hero of Kashmiri and Pakistani people, adding that this memorial would remind his bravery and sacrifices to the coming generations.
Until now, the project has covered 21 important buildings in the city, including the Jesuit cultural centre, the Swedish Institute, Spahi Villa, and many others.
The Muslim soldiers of Sir John Bagot Glubb's Arab Legion and France's Tirailleur, Goumier and Spahi regiments fought loyally against the Axis in the Middle East, North Africa, Italy and Western Europe.
Elle parcourt le Sud algerien, adopte la religion musulmane, se marie avec un spahi musulman et partage la vie des Bedouins avant de mourir a 27 ans dans la crue d'un oued.
Mille Pezzi founder Hamed Spahi (left) and head of marketing Nadine Gueissa
Though some scholars have turned to quantitative research (e.g., Lian and Ji [8]; Sami Spahi [9]; Xu et al.