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spahi(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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