Definitions

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  • n. a menial domestic servant

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the East Indies, a menial servant whose proper business is to spread carpets, pitch tents, etc., and in a house to do the work of a chambermaid. Yule and Burnell, Anglo-Indian Glossary.

Etymologies

Arabic - to spread a carpet (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • ‘I am a _ferash_’ (a carpet-spreader), said he, in a very sulky manner.

    The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

  • The ruin was now complete; and nothing more was left to the fury of the mob but the unfortunate sufferers themselves, who perhaps would next have been attacked, had not a king’s ferash appeared, accompanied by one of the principal Armenians, and their presence produced an almost instantaneous return to reason.

    The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

  • ‘There will be no occasion for red cloth stockings, ’ said the ferash, dryly.

    The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

  • Some were for keeping the cadi, and killing the poet and the ferash, and others for preserving the cadi for ransom, and making the ferash a slave; but all seemed to be for killing the poet.

    The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

  • One of the first persons whom I met coming from it was the very ferash who had been sent by the Shah to conduct us to his presence; and he was mounted on my mule, with a bundle in his lap before him, doubtless containing my wardrobe, or that of the mollah.

    The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

  • A ferash is one who looks after the Sultan's pavilions, and cleans his houses.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • The ferash noticed, that the Sultan, every day, on rising from table, used to go and play chess on the mats at the foot of his bed; and the mat on which he knew the Sultan always sat, that one he took and poisoned.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • Five does and no buck were visible, but we trusted the buck was hidden by some of the soft feathery green ferash bushes they were feeding in.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah

  • The fellek is a long, stout piece of wood, each end of which is held by a ferash; the culprit's ancles are attached to two loops in the middle, and he is thrown on his back, by which means the soles of his feet are turned towards the sky.

    Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia

  • One day I heard a great commotion in the anderoon, and on going in some alarm to see what the matter was, I found that these women were discontented with their pillao and were threatening to beat the ferash who brought it to them.

    Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia

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