Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A treated animal-skin cloak with the hair still left on.
  • n. A blanket of treated animal-skin with the hair left on.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A native garment or rug of skin sewed together in the form of a square.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A garment of fur worn by the natives of South Africa. Also spelled carosse.

Etymologies

From Khoisan (k)caros: a skin blanket, through Afrikaans. (Disputed see talk page.) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The only things of value which he had taken with him were a set of pearl ear-rings and brooch, and a beautiful lined "kaross," or rug, made of the skins of wild South African animals.

    The Petticoat Commando Boer Women in Secret Service

  • Over his saddle lay a "kaross," or robe of leopard-skins, and upon his shoulder he carried his "roer" -- a large smoothbore gun, about six feet in length, with an old-fashioned flint-lock, -- quite a load of itself.

    The Bush Boys History and Adventures of a Cape Farmer and his Family

  • a "kaross," or robe of leopard-skins, and upon his shoulder he carried his "roer" -- a large smooth-bore gun, about six feet in length, with an old-fashioned flint-lock, -- quite a load of itself.

    Popular Adventure Tales

  • Suddenly, the door opened and out walked not Dr. Wellington, but a black man dressed in a leopard-skin kaross and matching hat, who was carrying a spear in either hand.

    BARGAINING WITH THE DEVIL

  • A long white beard fell on his breast, and a magnificent kaross of leopard skin covered his shoulders.

    Prester John

  • I unlocked the cupboard and got out a few stores, opened the windows of the bedroom next door, and flung my kaross on the cartel which did duty as bed.

    Prester John

  • The ancient costume of the Makololo consisted of the skin of a lamb, kid, jackal, ocelot, or other small animal, worn round and below the loins: and in cold weather a kaross, or skin mantle, was thrown over the shoulders.

    A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries

  • The kaross is now laid aside, and the young men of fashion wear a monkey-jacket and a skin round the hips; but no trousers, waistcoat, or shirt.

    A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries

  • These are small carnivora of the feline species, including two species of jackal, the dark and the golden; the former, “motlose” (‘Megalotis capensis’ or ‘Cape fennec’), has the warmest fur the country yields; the latter, “pukuye” (‘Canis mesomelas’ and ‘C. aureus’), is very handsome when made into the skin mantle called kaross.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • When this hot wind is blowing, and even at other times, the peculiarly strong electrical state of the atmosphere causes the movement of a native in his kaross to produce therein a stream of small sparks.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

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  • My grandmother used a Holstein calf-skin kaross as a cover for her piano bench.

    June 29, 2011