One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of an ethnic group of African origin living in South Asia, chiefly in western India and southern Pakistan.
That is a Siddi; of, relating to, or designating the Siddis.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Fryer (d. 1733), traveller and writer. Apparently ultimately from Arabic sayyidī my lord from sayyid + -ī, 1st person singular possessive suffix.
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