bashi-bazouk

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Etymology[edit]

From Turkish başıbozuk, from Ottoman Turkish باشی بوزوق (an irregular soldier, literally 'broken-head')

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bashi-bazouk (plural bashi-bazouks)

  1. An irregular soldier of the Ottoman army.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 336:
      In May 1876 the crisis deepened when Turkish irregular troops, known as bashi-bazouks, put twelve thousand Bulgarian Christians to the sword in a frenzy of blood-letting.

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