bak·sheesh (băkshēsh′, băk-shēsh)
n. pl. baksheesh
A gratuity, tip, or bribe paid to expedite service, especially in the Near East.
[Persian bakhshish, present, from Middle Persian bakhshishn, from bakhshīdan, bakhsh-, to give presents, from Avestan bakhsh-; see bhag- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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