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Etymology

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From Urdu شکار / Hindi शिकार (śikār), from Persian شکار (šekâr).

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Noun

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shikar (countable and uncountable, plural shikars)

  1. (India) Hunting, sport; a hunting expedition.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, “Miss Youghal's Sais”, in Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio Society, published 2007, page 25:
      Where other men took ten days to the Hills, Strickland took leave for what he called shikar, put on the disguise that appealed to him at the time, stepped down into the brown crowd, and was swallowed up for a while.
    • 1924, EM Forster, A Passage to India, Penguin, published 2005, page 130:
      They climbed up the ladder, and he mounted shikar fashion, treading first on the sharp edge of the heel and then into the looped-up tail.
  2. Alternative form of shikari (a hunter or tracker) (Can we add an example for this sense?)
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Verb

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shikar (third-person singular simple present shikars, present participle shikaring or shikarring, simple past and past participle shikared or shikarred)

  1. (India, dated, transitive, intransitive) To hunt; to go hunting.

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