Gurkha

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Gurkha a member of Hindu people descended from brahmins and Rajputs who live in Nepal
    • n Gurkha a member of the Nepalese force that has been part of the British army for 200 years; known for fierceness in combat
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Usage

In literature:

The next trouble was initiated by the Gurkhas, who, in 1790, raided Tibet.
"China and the Manchus" by Herbert A. Giles
On parade were the 5th, 6th and 10th Gurkha Battalions with the 14th Sikhs.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
Almora used to be a Gurkha stronghold, and is now a charming little hill station situated some 5300 feet above the sea-level.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
A Gurkha regiment is stationed at the district headquarters at Dharmsala.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
Many of the Gurkhas were handling their knives, and one or two sharpening them on stones.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
The spare Gurkha was to accompany them.
"The Rogue Elephant" by Elliott Whitney
Rather than submit to it, the Gurkha chiefs refused to ratify the treaty, and resumed their arms.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
Gurkhas of Nepal, beaten by Chinese, 126.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
Near the hamlet there was a small wood which had been taken by the Pathans and Gurkhas before the cannonade started.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
The levy which she had aboard consisted of Sikhs and Gurkhas.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
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In poetry:

'E plays 'em oft upon the march, an' likewise in the trenches;
'E plays 'em to the Gurkhas, an' 'e's played 'em to the Frenchies;
'E may be ankle-deep in dust or middle-deep in slime,
But Billy with 'is mouth-organ 'e's at it all the time.
"The Mouth-Organ" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Hailing from the foothills of the Himalayas, the Gurkhas are known for their fierce fighting skills and big curved khukuri knife.
The Gurkhas were part of the British Indian army before 1947 but were split between the two countries after India became independent from Britain.
It involves Gurkhas, a tainted head of lettuce in the refrigerator of a British diplomat and a newly discovered disease that afflicts travelers around the world.
Nepal rites to banish ghosts of fallen Gurkha soldiers.
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