Zott

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Zott (singular Zottī) is the Arabic term for gypsies. The Zott were musicians who migrated in great numbers from Pakistan and India to Sassanid Persia under Behram Gour. Their name was later applied to any itinerant entertainer of Indian origin, and came to be the common name of the Dom people in the Middle East, as English gypsy or tinker with contemptuous connotations. The Al-Qamus Al-Muhit glosses the term as equivalent to Nawar (singular Nawarī). The word Zott could be related to the Jat people of Pakistan and India.

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  • M. J. de Goeie, A Contribution to the History of the Gypsies, Amsterdam (1875, 2007 reprint)