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East Africa
Egypt and the Sudan
French North Africa
India and the Northwest Frontier
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N

 

naik

India

nappy wallach

British

Natal Native Contingent SA
Natal Native Horse SA
nautch India
Nazarani Arabic

Negus

EA

nester West

niangniang

China

Nordenfeldt Gun British

nullah

India

O

 
oued Arabic

old sweat

British

ombeya Egypt

on the cot

British

on the dodge West

on the peg

British

P

 

pa chi

China

paddy

British

pagoda

China

paint West

Pakhtunwali

India

palaver

EA

paltan India
P. and O. British

pani

India

pani wallah

India

pannier British

pasha

Egypt

Pathan

India

pepperbox West
Per mare, per terram British

pidgin

China

piebald West
pinto West

piquet

British

pith helmet

British

play possum West
polecat West

Pom or Pommie

British

pom-pom

SA

pongelow

India

poodle-faker British

pop-wallah

British

poshteen

India

prairie dog West
pueblo West

puggaree

British

puggarree

India

pukka

British

pukka sahib

British

pulque West
pundit India

Punjab

India

punk British

punkah

India

punkah wallah

British

purdah India

pusher

British

Q

 

Qing

China

Queen's shilling

British

quirt West

R

ras EA

rayya

Egypt

ratib Egypt
rattlesnake West
razzia India
rekuba Egypt
remuda West
rinderpest SA

rissaldar

India

rissaldar-major

India

R.M.L.I. British
road agent West
rodeo West

rooinek

SA

rooky

British

roti

British

roumi French

ruga ruga

EA

rupee

India

S

 
safari EA
sage brush West
sahbak Arabic

sahib

India

salaam Arabic
salaam aleikum Arabic

sangar

India

sangoma SA
sawney British

sayidan

Egypt

schutztruppen EA
screw gun India
señor West
señora West
señorita West

sepoy

India

Sha, sha!

China

shabash

India

shako

British

sharif, sherif Arabic
shebba Egypt
sheik Arabic
sheshbesh Arabic
shindig West

ship of the desert

Egypt

Sidi (or Si) Arabic

Sikh

India

silladar

India

siraral

Egypt

sirdar Egypt
sirdar India
Sirkar India

skof

British

sleeping sickness British

slingers

British

snotty British
snuffy West
sombrero West

sowar

India

spahis French

spyglass

British

steer West
stetson West
stoppages British
string West

subaltern

British

subedar

India

subedar-major

India

Sudan

Egypt

sultan Arabic
suttee India

swaddy

British

Swahili

EA

Swatis

India

syce

India

T

 

Ta

China

tael

China

taipan China

taggia

Egypt

tamale West

tarboosh

Egypt

tashmis Arabic
tenderfoot West

ten nai

China

tequila West

Thornhill’s Roughs

China

Thug India

Ticker

British

tiffen

British

tiraillers French
to fire into the brown British

Tommy

British

tonga India
top khana India

topee

British

tortilla West
toto SA

trek

SA

tsetse fly SA
tumbleweed West
Turkiya Egypt

U

 
udibi boys SA

uitlander

SA

umthakathi SA
umutsha SA

V

 
vapors British
vaquero West

VC

British

vedettes British

veld

SA

veranda

India

Vierkleur

SA

vittles West
vizier Arabic
voorloper SA

voyageurs

Egypt

W

Wa-Bangi EA
wad British
waddy West

wadi

Arabic

wallah Arabic

wallah

British

wallah

India

wang

China

weli Arabic
wet British
wizard British
wog British

X

xebec, zebec

Egypt

Y

 
yallah Arabic

Yam Luo

China

yellow

China

yellow fever British
yellow jack British
yucca West

yung

China

Z

 

zamindar

India

zanj

EA

Zanzibar

EA

zar, zan, zamin

India

zariba

Egypt

zawiya Arabic
zila SA
zouave French

Zulu

SA

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