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Ottoman Age Notables -- Anne of Cleves (1515  1557); 4th wife of Hennry VIII (who chose her from this painting), painted by German artist Hans Holbein The Younger (c. 14971543)
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  • Keeper of the Sultan's hounds
  • The traditional name of a janissary serving in the 64th Janissary Battalion.
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The commander of the 64th Janissary Battalion. 
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An archaic term for harem.  
zaviye (also, Zaviye)
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(1) A corner, nook.
(2) A small dervish hospice that welcomed travelers.
zeamet (also, Zeamet or ziamet) A large timar. A military fief, with a value of between twenty and a hundred akçes per annum. A synonym for subaşılık.  

An American woman -- Zenanname22
The illustrated "Book of Women" (1776?) -- written by Enderunlu Fazıl Bey It describes, in broad sexual terms, the 'straight' women of different nations in Fazıl Bey's day.
zırhlı neferAn armoured soldier.

Ottoman soldier in armour90
zindan A prison. 
Zindanı KapısıPrison Gate; one of the city gates of İstanbul, this one on the Golden Horn [Haliç].  
zira A unit of Ottoman measurement, one zira was the modern equivalent of 75.8 cm. (Also see arşun.)  

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