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n. pl. dho·bis
A traditional washer of clothes and linens in South Asia.
[Hindi dhobī, washerman, from dhob, a wash, washing, from Middle Indic dhovvaï, is washed, from earlier *dhauvati, he washes, alteration (influenced by Sanskrit dhauta-, washed) of Sanskrit dhāvati, he washes.]
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n, pl -bis
1. (Sociology) (in India, Malaya, East Africa, etc, esp formerly) a washerman
2. (Professions) (in India, Malaya, East Africa, etc, esp formerly) a washerman
[C19: from Hindi, from dhōb washing; related to Sanskrit dhāvaka washerman]
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