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zam·in·dar also zem·in·dar  audio  (zmn-där, zm-, z-mn-där) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. An official in precolonial India assigned to collect the land taxes of his district.
  2. A landholder in British colonial India responsible for collecting and paying to the government the taxes on the land under his jurisdiction.

ETYMOLOGY:
Hindi zamndr, from Persian : zamn, earth; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots + -dr, -holder; see dher- in Indo-European roots


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