from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A wind-catcher or wind-tower projecting above the roof of a dwelling, used in Persia and northwestern India.
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He threaded alleys of blinding light, he explored dim thatched bazaars, he studied tiled doorways in blank mud walls, he investigated quaint water-mills by the river, and scarce a soul did he see, unless a stork in its nest on top of a tall badgir or a naked dervish lying in a scrap of shade asleep under a lion skin.
_serdabs_ -- which are underground chambers cooled by running water, it may be, and by a tall _badgir_, or air chimney.
Depending to the region, they have a variety of forms, details and ways of functioning, and are known in the Middle East as malqaf and/or badgir [122, 149, 155] a) Roof windcatcher