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in The Victorian soldier in Africa

GLOSSARY

ansar armed followers of the Mahdi
assegai a slender spear of hard wood used in South Africa
commando a Boer military body
donga a gully
drift a ford
fellahin an Egyptian peasant
impi a body of armed natives
kaffir a name applied to African natives
Khedive the Sultan of Turkey’s viceroy in Egypt
khor a dry watercourse
knoll a round hillock
kop or kopje a small hill
kraal a native village or corral for animals
laager a defensive ring of ox-wagons
nek a depression or pass in a mountain range
Porte, the the Turkish imperial government
sangar a stone breastwork
Sirdar commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Army
spruit a small deepish watercourse, dry except during and after rains
veld open, unforested grass country
zareba a fortified camp or defensive perimeter made of mimosa bush
in the Sudan
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