tindal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Malayalam, Telugu.

Noun[edit]

tindal ‎(plural tindals)

  1. (India, dated) A petty officer among lascars; a boatswain's mate; a cockswain.
    • 2008, Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies, Penguin 2015, p.16:
      One thing that continued unchanged was the division of the crew into two watches, each led by a tindal.
  2. (India, dated) An attendant on an army.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Simmonds to this entry?)