spahi

noun
spa·​hi | \ ˈspä-ˌhē How to pronounce spahi (audio) \

Definition of spahi

1 : one of a former corps of irregular Turkish cavalry
2 : one of a former corps of Algerian native cavalry in the French army

First Known Use of spahi

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spahi

Middle French, from Turkish sipahi, from Persian sipāhī cavalryman

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“Spahi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spahi. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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