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  • n. A Jewish armed self-defence unit during the first Russian revolution


From Russian "boy", combat, battle; hence, Yiddish "boyuvke", combat unit, commando. e.g. The last decade of the 19th century in Babruysk was characterized by pogroms as a result of the assassination of the Russian emperor Alexander II. However, most of the attacks were repelled by self-organized Jewish armed units called boyuvkes. (Wiktionary)


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