janizary

Definitions:

  • One of a former body of Turkish infantry, constituting the Sultan's guard and the main standing army, first organized in the fourteenth century, and until the latter part of the seventeenth century largely recruited from compulsory conscripts and converts taken from the Rayas or Christian subjects.
  • A common name of <em>Clepticus parræ</em>, a labroid fish of the West Indian fauna.
  • A soldier of a privileged military class, which formed the nucleus of the Turkish infantry, but was suppressed in 1826.
  • Alternative spelling of <xref>janissary</xref>.
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