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n. pl. peshmerga or pesh·mer·gas
A member of a Kurdish militia.
[Kurdish pêşmerge : pêş, in front of, before; akin to Avestan paiti, against + merg, death; akin to Avestan mahrka-.]
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|Noun||1.||peshmerga - a member of a Kurdish guerilla organization that fights for a free Kurdish state|
Kurd - a member of a largely pastoral Islamic people who live in Kurdistan; the largest ethnic group without their own state
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