ALPEEN to A MUCK
ALPEEN, s. H. alpin, used in Bombay. A common pin, from Port. alfinete (Panjab N. & Q., ii. 117).
AMAH, s. A wet nurse; used in Madras, Bombay, China and Japan. It is Port. ama (comp. German
and Swedish amme).
A sort of good-natured housekeeper-like bodies, who talk only of ayahs and amahs, and
bad nights, and babies, and the advantages of Hodgsons ale while they are nursing: seeming in short
devoted to suckling fools and chronicling small beer. Letters from Madras, 294. See also p. 106.
AMBAREE, s. This is a P. word (amari) for a Howdah, and the word occurs in Colebrookes letters,
but is quite unusual now. Gladwin defines Amaree as an umbrella over the Howdeh (Index to Ayeen,
i.). The proper application is to a canopied howdah, such as is still used by native princes.
[c. 1661.Aurengzebe felt that he might venture to shut his brother up in a covered embary, a kind
of closed litter in which women are carried on elephants.Bernier (ed. Constable), 69.]
the day that the King went up the Mountain of Pire-ponjale
being followed by a long row of elephants,
upon which sat the Women in Mikdembers and Embarys.
Bernier, E.T. 130 [ed. Constable, 407].
Rajahs Sowarree was very grand and superb. He had twenty elephants, with richly embroidered
ambarrehs, the whole of them mounted by his sirdars, he himself riding upon the largest, put in the
centre.Skinner, Mem. i. 157.
1799.Many of the largest Ceylon and other Deccany Elephants bore
ambáris on which all the chiefs and nobles rode, dressed with magnificence, and adorned with the richest
jewels.Life of Colebrooke, p. 164.
1805.Amaury, a canopied seat for an elephant. An open one is
called Houza or Howda.Dict. of Words used in E. Indies, 2nd ed. 21.
1807.A royal tiger which
was started in beating a large cover for game, sprang up so far into the umbarry or state howdah, in
which Sujah Dowlah was seated, as to leave little doubt of a fatal issue. Williamson, Orient. Field
AMBARREH, s. Dekh. Hind. and Mahr. ambara, ambari [Skt. amla-vatika], the plant Hibiscus cannabinus,
affording a useful fibre.
AMBOYNA, n.p. A famous island in the Molucca Sea, belonging to the Dutch. The native form of the
name is Ambun [which according to Marsden means dew].
[1605.He hath sent hither his forces which hath expelled all the Portingalls out of the fforts they here
hould att Ambweno and Tydore.Birdwood, First Letter Book, 68.]
AMEEN, s. The word is Ar. amin, meaning a trustworthy person, and then an inspector, intendant,
&c. In India it has several uses as applied to native officials employed under the Civil Courts, but nearly
all reducible to the definition of fide-commissarius. Thus an ameen may be employed by a Court to
investigate accounts connected with a suit, to prosecute local enquiries of any kind bearing on a suit, to
sell or to deliver over possession of immovable property, to carry out legal process as a bailiff, &c. The
name is also applied to native assistants in the duties of land-survey. But see Sudder Ameen (SUDDER).
[1616.He declared his office of Amin required him to hear and determine differences.Foster, Letters,
1817.Native officers called aumeens were sent to collect accounts, and to obtain information
in the districts. The first incidents that occurred were complaints against these aumeens for injurious
treatment of the inhabitants.
Mill. Hist., ed. 1840, iv. 12.
1861.Bengallee dewans, once pure, are
converted into demons; Ameens, once harmless, become tigers; magistrates, supposed to be just, are
converted into oppressors.Peterson, Speech for Prosecution in Nil Durpan case.
employed in making the partition of an estate.Life in the Mofussil, i. 206.
on the other hand, be brought to a standstill when asked to explain all the terms used by an amin or
valuator who had been sent to fix the judicial rents.Saty. Rev., Dec. 30, p. 866.