Duli: see p. 184.
 Salgirah or barasganth, ‘year-knot’.
 P. 36.
 The Mahomedans are very keen on breeding pigeons
in large numbers;
they make them fly all together, calling out, whistling, and waving
with a cloth fastened to the end of a stick, running and making
signals from the terraced roofs, with a view of encouraging the
pigeons to attack the flock of some one else.... Every owner is
overjoyed in seeing his own pigeons the most dexterous in misleading
their opponents.’—Manucci, Storia do Mogor, i. 107 f.
 Rohu, a kind of carp, Labeo rohita.
 The use of the bow and arrow has now disappeared
in northern India,
and survives only among some of the jungle tribes.
 A curious relic of the custom of cock-fighting
at Lucknow survives in
the picture by Zoffany of the famous match between the Nawab
Asaf-ud-daula and Col. Mordaunt in 1786. The figures in the picture are
portraits of the celebrities at the Court of Oudh, whose names are
given by Smith, Catalogue of British Mezzotint Portrait, i. 273.
 Bater, Coturnix communis.
 Lucknow is now an important racing centre, and
the Civil Service Cup
for ponies has been won several times by native gentlemen.
 The feather or curl is one of the most important
marks. If it faces
towards the head, this is a horse to buy; if it points towards the
tail, it is a ‘female snake’ (sampan), a bad blemish, as is a
small star on the forehead. A curl at the bottom of the throat is very
lucky, and cancels other blemishes. A piebald horse or one with five
white points, a white face and four white stockings, is highly valued.
The European who understands the rules can often buy an ‘unlucky’
horse at a bargain.
 Dub, Cynodon Dactylon.
 Cicer arietinum: the word comes from Port, grao, a grain.
 Moth, the aconite-leaved kidney-bean, Phaseolus aconitifolius.
 Barsati from barsat, the rainy
season; a pustular
eruption breaking out on the head and fore parts of the body.
 The Native gentleman’s charger, with his
trained paces, his
henna-stained crimson mane, tail, and fetlocks, is a picturesque sight
now less common than it used to be.
 Chita, the hunting leopard. Felis jubata.
 Mahawat, originally meaning ‘a high officer’.
 This specially applies to the Jain ascetics,
who keep a brush to
remove insects from their path, and cover their mouths with linen.