spahi

noun
spa·hi | \ ˈspä-ˌhē \

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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