palikar

noun
pal·​i·​kar
variants: or less commonly palicar \ ˈpaləˌkär \
plural -s

Definition of palikar

1 : a Greek or Albanian soldier in the pay of the sultan of Turkey
2 : a soldier of the Greek militia in the war of independence (1821–28) against Turkey

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History and Etymology for palikar

New Greek palikari, pallēkari youth, from Late Greek pallikarion page, diminutive of pallēk-, pallēx young man or woman

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“Palikar.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palikar. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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