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A member of the paramilitary Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; (in plural) this organization.
1970s; earliest use found in The Times. From Tamil + tiger (not directly after any Tamil term, but compare the organization's emblem of a tiger, attributed originally to the Cholas, a Dravidian people of southern India who occupied and ruled parts of Sri Lanka 993–1070).
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