lascar


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las·car

 (lăs′kər)
n.
An East Indian sailor, army servant, or artillery trooper during the era of European colonialism in Asia.

[Ultimately (probably via Portuguese lascar) from Urdu laškar, army, from Persian, from Middle Persian; see kwer- in Indo-European roots.]

lascar

(ˈlæskə)
n
(Nautical Terms) a sailor from the East Indies
[C17: from Urdu lashkar soldier, from Persian: the army]

las•car

(ˈlæs kər)

n.
(esp. in colonial E Asia and the Malay Archipelago) a non-European seaman or artilleryman, esp. a Malay.
[1615–25; < Portuguese, akin to lasquarin East Indian soldier < Urdu lashkarī < Persian]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lascar - an East Indian sailor
crewman, sailor - any member of a ship's crew
2.Lascar - a volcano in the Andes in Chile
Chile, Republic of Chile - a republic in southern South America on the western slopes of the Andes on the south Pacific coast
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Lying, also dressed and also across the bed, not longwise, are a Chinaman, a Lascar, and a haggard woman.
Slowly loosening his grasp as he listens to the incoherent jargon with an attentive frown, he turns to the Lascar and fairly drags him forth upon the floor.
Had I been recognised in that den my life would not have been worth an hour's purchase; for I have used it before now for my own purposes, and the rascally Lascar who runs it has sworn to have vengeance upon me.
At the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of whom I have spoken, who thrust her back and, aided by a Dane, who acts as assistant there, pushed her out into the street.
There a Lascar came alongside in a canoe, sold him the handle of a sword in silver that bore the print of characters engraved on the hilt.
He tried to get on to Vanikoro, where, according to the Lascar, he would find numerous debris of the wreck, but winds and tides prevented him.
For four days he had struggled, yelled, and wrenched at the heavy iron bars of his prison without ceasing, and had nearly slain a Lascar incautious enough to come within reach of the great hairy paw.
I declare he is that strange acquisition my late neighbour made, in his journey to Liverpool - a little Lascar, or an American or Spanish castaway.
Regent street is not unknown to Lascars and Malays; and at Bombay, in the Apollo Green, live Yankees have often scared the natives.
The result of her effort was the knowledge that on the second day they were to sail for the Pamarung Islands upon a small schooner which her father had purchased, with a crew of Malays and lascars, and von Horn, who had served in the American navy, in command.
A motley crowd saunters along the streets -- Lascars off a P.
He had her manned by the cheekiest gang of lascars I ever did see, whom he allowed to bawl at you inso lently, and, once fast, he plucked you out of your berth as if he did not care what he smashed.