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chained_bear commented on the word odabashi
"...the only remaining officer, an odabashi, had been obliged to use what was in the men's powder-horns.
"'Is this gentleman the odabashi?' asked Jack.
"'Oh no, sir. He is an learned man, an effendi, who writes poetical Arabic letters and speaks Greek. The odabashi is only a brutal soldier, a janissary of about the rank of a boatswain...'"
--Patrick O'Brian, Treason's Harbour, 145
February 19, 2008
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