basaji

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Persian

Noun[edit]

basaji (plural only)

  1. A class of low-ranking Iranian footsoldier.
    • 2006, Sai Felicia Krishna-Hensel, Global cooperation: challenges and opportunities in the twenty-first century, ISBN 0754646785, page 116:
      In other parts of the world, soldiers have also been willing to commit suicide in bombing another army, most notably the Japanese kamikaze in World War II and the Iranian basaji during the Iran-Iraq War