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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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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.
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.
All of Bremond's officers who arrived in Hedjaz in the fall of 1916 were French colonial soldiers and North African Muslims, and all the enlisted men came from either the Tirailleurs Algeriens (Algerian sharpshooters) or the Spahis, who were also North African Muslims.
Para Spahis (1994), em 1889, um medico ingles chamado Hill descreveu o caso de um garoto que apresentava respiracao bucal, paradas respiratorias durante o sono e dificuldades escolares.
The results, like his class origins, are mixed: no more able to escape the taint of his bourgeois financial dealings than he is to escape his mother's bourgeois birth, he sees his early success in Algeria give way to shame when the news of the Parisian scandal reaches his fellow spahis. The fragment ends in mid-sentence, Robert even more unhappy than when he began.
arrived at the Consular Palace in a carriage surrounded by the spahis in their picturesque Oriental costumes." (70) Most significant is that the first Congress of Orientalists in London established the practice of exhibiting representatives from colonies in the East as museum objects.
Mounting his horse, he rode towards Boesinghe, accompanied by a handful of Spahis. When they arrived they could distinguish wisps of smoke beside the canal.