One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A native or inhabitant of Baluchistan.
- ‘Once cooked, this dish is eaten with a knife, although Baluchi usually eat with their hands.’
- ‘Also, there are many Baluchis; their straw lean-tos and campfires are to be seen along the road.’
- ‘Most of the leaflets were threatening for which reason many Afghans, especially Pashtuns and Baluchis, found them insulting.’
- ‘The idea of ancient Baluchis meeting for board game nights not unlike the ones I indulge in is quite charming.’
- ‘There are also several distinct ethnic and linguistic groups in Pakistan, including Pathans, Punjabis, Sindhis, and Baluchis.’
- ‘For centuries it has been inhabited by tribespeople - Afridis, Waziris, Baluchis and many more - each boasting to be more fearsome than the others.’
- ‘The Baluchis developed quite a sophisticated understanding of this whilst fighting the Pakistani state in the 1970s.’
- ‘Today, the Baluchi see themselves as a neglected minority in a country whose government is controlled by non-Baluch i ethnic groups such as the Punjabis.’
- ‘In other words, one is a Punjabi, Baluchi, Sindhi, or Pashtun before one is a Pakistani.’
- ‘The discussion on minorities in Pakistan has drifted aimlessly into defining Baluchis, Sindhis and Pashtuns as minorities and Pakistan as seething cauldron under Punjabi domination.’
- ‘The principal non-Persian Indo-European speakers include Kurds, Lurs, Baluchis, and Armenians, making up approximately 15 percent of the population.’
- ‘Most Baluchis are Sunnis and are afraid of the Shiite hardliners.’
- ‘When I was captured by the Baluchis, a tribal regiment of Pakistan, they took away all my possessions.’
- ‘Just as in the province of Kurdistan, there are Kurds, in Azerbaijan Turks, in Turkmenistan, Turkoman and in Baluchistan, Baluchis.’
2mass noun The language of the Iranian group spoken by over 5 million people in and around Baluchistan.
- ‘In addition to Persian, some Hazaras also speak Pashtu, Baluchi, and Turkic.’
- ‘He shares Dyer's flair for languages, especially Nepali and Baluchi.’
- ‘It also contains Turkic Azeri, Turkmen and Qashqai speakers, and smaller Indo-European languages like Lur and Baluchi.’
- ‘Many Brahui-speakers are bilingual, speaking Baluchi or other local languages.’
- ‘The majority of the population speaks regional dialects, like Punjabi, Baluchi, and Sindhi, which are taught is the nation's schools along with Urdu.’
Relating to the Baluchi or their language.
- ‘Census figures were not broken down into ethnic or linguistic categories, although it can be estimated that several hundred thousand Omanis were of Baluchi origin.’
- ‘Its people range from urban technocrats to traditional Bakhtiari and Baluchi nomads.’
- ‘Pinned to the rear bulkhead is a red-and-blue Baluchi prayer rug.’
- ‘Pakistani officials have, in turn, accused India and, by implication, the US, of stirring up Baluchi separatists.’
- ‘Indeed, Pakistani Muslims too are reconsidering their position, increasingly emphasizing their ethnic (Sindhi, Baluchi, Pathan) identities and musing about some kind of confederation with India.’
From Persian Balūč(ī).
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