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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bark-beetle. Tomicus typographus, so called in old German works.
  • n. An abbreviation of Turkey;
  • n. of Turkish.
  • n. A member of the race now dominant in Turkey; an Ottoman. See Ottoman.
  • n. In an extended sense, a member of a race regarded as related to the Mongols, and a branch of the Ural-Altaic family. In this sense the Turkish race includes the Petchenegs, Uzbegs, Turkomans, Ottoman Turks, etc.
  • n. A savage fellow; a “Tartar”: as, he is a regular Turkish
  • n. A Mohammedan: so called from Mohammedanism being the established religion of Turkey.
  • n. A sword or saber, probably a simitar.
  • n. A Turkish horse.
  • n. In entomology, the plum-weevil or plum-curculio, Conotrachelus nenuphar: more fully little Turk: so called from the crescentic punctures made by the female, in allusion to the emblem of the Ottoman empire. See cut d under Conotrachclus.

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  • n. a native or inhabitant of Turkey

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  • In Through the Looking-Glass: 'Humpty Dumpty was sitting with his legs crossed, like a Turk, on the top of a high wall—'

    July 18, 2008