from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In India, a torch, usually made of rags wrapped around a rod and fed with oil.


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  • Mussalchee ` torchbearer 'combines mussal ` torch, usually of oilsoaked rags,' adapted from Hindi masal or mashal, the Hindi version of Arabic mash'al, and Turkic - ci (or chi, ji), a suffix denoting an agent.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XVIII No 1


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