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- n. One of the imperial guards of the Ottoman Empire.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A class of men in Turkey, originally the sultan's gardeners, but now also employed in various ways about his person, as in mounting guard at the seraglio, rowing his barge, etc., and also in attending the officers of the royal household. They number now about 600, but were formerly much more numerous.
From Turkish bostancı, from bostan "market garden" (from Persian بوستان (bustān)), and -cı "maker, dealer". (Wiktionary)