One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small protected structure used for observing or firing from, which is built up from the ground.
- ‘The Newtownhamilton sangar, built only three years ago, was to all intents and purposes, a large empty shed beside a helicopter landing pad some distance from the military base in the town.’
- ‘Razor wire was strung between the RPA and Australian accommodation and elsewhere around the compound, and security was further enhanced with the building of sangars, bunkers and strong points.’
- ‘One gave me aerial shots of the cemetery and another gave me street maps which had the exact placing of the Army sangars, or lookout posts, overlooking Milltown.’
- ‘In rocky terrain, where digging is difficult, boulders are used to build sangars, which serve the same purpose.’
- ‘Here the Tibetans had erected a series of stone embrasures, known to the Indian Army as sangars, now occupied in strength.’
Mid 19th century: from Pashto, probably from Persian sang ‘stone’.
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