from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An Ottoman (Turkish empire) cavalryman, especially as recruited under a land-based system.
- n. A soldier in a mainly Arab-recruited cavalry (originally horse, later light armored) regiment in French colonial service in (former/ in name still) Ottoman North African provinces
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Formerly, one of the Turkish cavalry.
- n. An Algerian cavalryman in the French army.
The butcher, who was an ex-'spahi ', declared that he was a deserter.
She countered with another unconventional move: she married a native spahi.
Finally, one spahi leveled a great lance at Lubonski's gut, rode forward with speed and pierced him through, knocking him from his horse and break - ing his neck bones.
As I very seldom receive visits, and my friend George, the spahi, always comes on foot, I thought it must be my notary coming to stir me up about some business matters; he had been reproaching me the last fortnight for neglecting them.
I have already told you about young Morand, the spahi, and his cousin Geneviève.
Adieu, our spahi guides, like figures from _Lalla Rookh!
We venture to visit the sheikh, assured by our spahi guides that we shall be welcome.
But the excellent spahi, whom my letter from head-quarters had considerably impressed, busied himself meanwhile on my behalf, and at seven in the morning a springless, open, two-wheeled Arab cart, drawn by a moth-eaten old mule, was ready for my conveyance to Gafsa.
I then produced a letter from the Resident of the Republic in Tunis, recommending me to all the _bureaux indigènes_ of the country, my translation of it being confirmed and even improved upon, at the expense of veracity, by a spahi (native cavalryman) who happened to be present, and threatened the man with the torments of the damned if he failed to comply with the desires of his government.
I wandered and wandered, till I was tired of spahi and bashi-bazouk, of
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