from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A native Indian boatswain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The boatswain of a Lascar or East Ondian crew.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the East Indies, the boatswain of a lascar crew; also, the skipper of a small native vessel.


Urdu. Compare Persian سرهنگ (sarhang). (Wiktionary)



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  • "'Mr McElwee,' he said, turning to the Company's pilot, 'what do you and the serang make of it?'

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