pettah

noun
pet·​tah | \ˈpetə\
plural -s

Definition of pettah 

: a village or suburb outside a fort in India or Sri Lanka

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History and Etymology for pettah

Tamil pēṭṭai, Malayalam pēṭṭa, & Kanarese pēṭe

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