from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See mameluke.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Same as Mameluke.

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  • noun Alternative form of mameluke.


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  • "Turkish cavalry." Looking under the entry for cavalry, there's more information:

    "Mamalukes, the Turkish cavalry of Egypt. Mr. Volney, has represented this cavalry as a mob—their march a riot—their battles duels—and their wars, robbery and plunder. Notwithstanding the unfavourable description given by Mr. Volney of this cavalry, it is no doubt formidable in single combat; but it is impossible, with such a load of arms, that they should be able to cope with our light cavalry. As a proof of it, they have been beaten recently with inferior force by the European cavalry. Their arms are two carabines, two pair of pistols, eight lances in a kind of quiver, and an iron headed mace; when all these are discharged they come to their last resort, their two sabres. Putting the bridle reins between their teeth, they take one of their sabres in each hand and rush full speed upon the foe, cutting and slashing to the right and left; they have been known to cleave a man down the middle, and at exercise sever a head of wet cotton. There are other cavalry used in the European armies, but are so near like some of those mentioned above Ulans, Cossacks, etc.'>see Ulans, Cossacks, etc. that it would be unnecessary to enumerate them; the general term cavalry seems to be the most appropriate for all troops serving on horseback; excepting horse artillery, which is a distinct kind of cavalry; also mounted riflemen could not properly be called cavalry, but may more properly be termed horse riflemen. The excellence of cavalry consists in the rapidity, regularity and promptitude of its movements; and consequently in the strength, activity and soundness of the men and horses: It is necessary then that these be carefully selected, well disciplined and inured to hardships, under brave, hardy and skilful officers." (citation in list description)

    October 9, 2008

  • Group of military in the middle east. Check Wikipedia.

    September 26, 2009

  • I hear this term at the coffee shop as an Italian word for 'idiot'.

    November 4, 2016