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A member of the dominant Brahman caste in the Indian state of Kerala.
Of or relating to the Nambudiri caste or its members.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Calcutta Review. From Malayalam nampūtiri. Compare nampi priest, -tiri, honorific suffix used in the names of offices and dynasties (perhaps from Sanskrit śrī).
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