serang

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Persian سرهنگ ‎(sarhang, commander).

Noun[edit]

serang ‎(plural serangs)

  1. (India, now historical) A native Indian boatswain; a lascar captain.
    • 2008, Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies, Penguin 2015, p.14:
      The discovery that the substance in his mouth was of vegetable origin came as no great reassurance to Zachary: once, when the serang spat a stream of blood-red juice over the rail, he noticed the water below coming alive with the thrashing of shark's fins.

Indonesian[edit]

Verb[edit]

serang

  1. to fight
  2. to attack

Noun[edit]

serang

  1. attack