(p.), a form current in Muslim India, passing into Urdu and Hindi and derived from Pers.
s̲h̲ikar “game, prey; the chase, hunting”, with the senses of “a native hunter or stalker, who accompanied European hunters and sportsmen”, and then of these last sportsmen themselves (see Yule and Burnell,
a glossary of
colloquial words and phrases, 2London 1903, 827-8, s.v.
Shekarry ). The native hunters stemmed from the many castes in India whose occupation was the snaring, trapping, tracking, or pursuit of …