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One entry found for khaki.
Main Entry: kha·ki
Pronunciation: primarystresskak-emacron, primarystresskäk-
Function: noun
Etymology: from Hindi khamacrkimacr "dust-colored," from khamacrk "dust"; of Persian origin
1 : a light yellowish brown
2 : a light yellowish brown cloth often used for military uniforms
Word History In northern India a language known as Hindi gave the name khamacrkimacr to a certain kind of strong cloth. This Hindi name meant "dust-colored," because the cloth was a light yellowish brown. When the British spent time in India, they discovered that the strong brown material made good military uniforms. Now the word khaki is used in English for a uniform, as well as for the cloth used to make it.

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