From where does the word ‘loot’ originate?

Answer: From a practice which occurred in nineteenth century British India. A ‘lootie’ was an Indian irregular attached to British forces who, receiving food and lodgings only, would raise extra money by looting and body-robbing after military engagements.

Source: Sticklers, Sideburns and Bikinis by Graeme Donald; General Historical Texts

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