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pettah (plural pettahs)
- (in Sri Lanka and southern India) A town, sometimes fortified, outside a fort.
- "We had not hitherto seen the face of the enemy, but now the walls of both the pettah —native town— and fort were lined with men whose arms glittered in the sun" (Fittchett p. 102 quoting Colonel Welsh).
- Dutt, Ashok K. Challenges to Asian urbanization in the 21st century, p. 60
- Fitchett, William Henry. Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, Duke of, 1769-1852, London: G. Bell, 1911.