from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In the East Indies, a whisk or brush used to drive off flies, often made of the bushy tail of the Tibetan yak set in a decorated handle, and in this form one of the ensigns of ancient Asiatic royalty. Also spelled chourie, chowrie.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A whisk to keep off files, used in the East Indies.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A fly-flapper or
whiskoriginally made from the bushytail of a yak.
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The word chowry, however, at once suggested to the plant-hunter a train of ideas.
The bushy tail forms the well-known "chowry" or fly-flapper of the plains of India; the bones and dung serve for fuel.
Ossaroo saw that the tail was a "chowry," in other words, a fly-flapper, such as is used in the hot countries of India for brushing away flies, mosquitos, and other winged insects.
The howdah, or seat which the Prince occupied, was of silver, embossed and gilt, having behind a place for a confidential servant, who waved the great chowry, or cow-tail, to keep off the flies; but who could also occasionally perform the task of spokesman, being well versed in all terms of flattery and compliment.
Erissery:-Using Yam ,Pumpkin and red chowry,In that we never add Yoghurt,we add both ground coconut and Granish with Roasted Coconut.
We passed only one village, which is about five miles from Chindupjee, and of similar size; but we passed in the more elevated places two temporary ones, apparently intended for the residence of the herdsmen of yaks or chowry-tailed cows, as a herd of these animals was seen feeding near each place.
Brahma-loka (9) also made a flight of silver steps appear on the right side, (where he was seen) attending with a white chowry in his hand.
Then there were flies which were disposed to be troublesome and had to be kept at a distance, Mark making a loose chowry, like a horse-tail, of long wiry grass, and this proving so effective that the major annexed it, and advised Mark to make another.
"Sakes alive, Izick, look at that!" said the woman in a whisper, while the little fellow went on picking his toes, and the grey horse turned his tail into a live chowry to keep away the flies.
The horses, with three elephants, two with howdahs on their backs, and the other loaded with a large tent, were now paraded before the door; each horse was attended by his syce, or groom, who never quitted him, but fanned away the flies with a chowry, or whisk, formed of a horse's tail.