Stories of Bengalee Life/Glossary
Alwan, a woollen sheet used as a wrapper.
Amla, a ministerial officer.
Aswin, the sixth Hindu month, September-October.
Baburchi, a Mahomedan cook.
Bael, the wood-apple.
Bande Mataram, the opening words of a patriotic song, meaning—I offer my obeisance to the Motherland.
Bara Babu, the eldest son; used in connection with a firm or an office, the head ministerial officer.
Benami, assumed name.
Bilati, foreign or English.
Brahmo, a religious sect of advanced ideas who worship one God and do not shut up their women.
Bou Didi, the wife of an elder brother or cousin.
Budmash, a rogue, rascal.
Bundook, a gun.
Bygun, the fruit of the egg plant; the brinjal.
Chapkan, a long flowing coat.
Chelum, a small earthen bowl which is filled with tobacco and lighted with charcoal cakes.
Chota Hazri, the morning tea and toast.
Chowkidar, a police watchman.
Chudder, a sheet for draping the upper portion of the body.
Chuprassi, a peon or orderly.
Cowri, a shell representing the smallest money value.
Cutcherry, a court house or office.
Dai, a maid servant.
Dak Bungalow, a rest house for travellers.
Daroga, a Sub-Inspector of Police.
Deodar, a cedar tree.
Deshi, country made.
Dharmawatar, Incarnation of Justice.
Dhoti, a cloth for draping the lower part of the body.
Durbar, a levee held by a high official.
Durga, a Hindu goddess.
Durry, a cotton carpet.
Ejlash, a raised platform where a judicial officer sits.
Ek dum, all at once.
Ekka, a two wheeled bamboo cart, drawn by a pony.
Feringhi, a European.
Ghailla, a pitcher.
Gharibparwar, Supporter of the poor.
Ghat, a bathing or landing place on the bank of a river.
Ghee, clarified butter.
Ghurra, same as ghailla.
Gowala, a dairyman.
Hajat, a lock up for undertrial prisoners.
Handi, an earthen pot used for cooking or as a receptacle of food.
Haram, forbidden, unclean.
Hookah, the pipe etc., in which tobacco is smoked.
Huzoor, Your Honor.
Jemadar, Head constable.
Jhow, the tamarisk tree.
Kachowri, a kind of pastry filled with bruised pulse.
Kala admi, black man.
Kartal, small cymbals made of brass.
Kaviraj, a Bengalee physician, practising the Hindu system of medicine.
Khalassi, a station porter.
Khansama, a house steward.
Khas camera, private chamber.
Khitmadgar, a table servant.
Khodawand, master, lord.
Kotwali, the chief police station in a towrn.
Krishna, a Hindu God, the tenth incarnation of Vishnu.
Kulin, in Bengal, a class of Brahmans who take precedence of all other Brahmans.
Kurta, a kind of tunic.
Lakh, a hundred thousands.
Lathi, a bambooo club.
Loochi, a soft thin flour cake fried in Ghee.
Lota, a small water pot made of brass or bell-metal.
Maidan, a plain.
Mem Saheb, a European lady.
Modi, a grocer.
Mofussil, the country as distinguished from the town.
Mohonbhog, a sweet meat made of semolina, Ghee and sugar.
Mridang, a small drum.
Muktear, an attorney.
Narayan, an epithet of Vishnu.
Pan, a betel leaf.
Poori, same as loochee.
Pucca, sure, settled, literally ripe.
Puggri, a turban.
Puranic, from the Purans or sacred poems of Hindu mythology.
Rai Bahadur, a tittle bestowed by Government as a reward for public service.
Rajah, a tittle bestowed by Government to big Zemindars.
Sahib, a European.
Salaam, the Indian mode of salutation.
Sannyasi, a mendicant.
Sari, a long piece of cloth worn by Hindu women.
Savitri, a mythological character typifying wifely devotion and fidelity.
Sawan, the fourth Hindu month, July-August.
Seer, a weight of one killogramme, just over 2lbs.
Shamla, a shawl-turban.
Shastra, the Hindu scriptures.
Soor, a hog.
Sradh, the funeral rites of Hindus.
Sudder, the district head quarters.
Swadeshi, literally "own country" a movement for the encouragement of indigenous industries.
Thali, a flat plate of brass or bell metal.
Thana, a public station.
Toba, the Mussulman cry of abjuration.
Tonga, a light two wheeled cart to seat four.
Tulsi, sweet basil, the sacred plant of the Hindus.
Zemindar, a landed proprietor.