In Persia, India, and the Ottoman Empire: a fine, a quit-rent, tribute; specifically a fine or present made to the ruling authority on receiving an appointment or an assignment of revenue.
Early 17th century. From Urdu pē?ka? and its etymon early New Persian pē?ka? (Persian pi?ki?) gift presented by an inferior to a superior, tribute from pe? before, in front + ka?- (Persian ki?-) drawing, carrying forward.