from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fabric woven of the hair of camels or goats.
  • n. A loose-fitting sleeveless garment made of this fabric, traditionally worn by Arabs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A coarse, often striped, fabric from the middle east, woven from goat or camel hair.
  • n. An altazimuth used for astronomy on either land or water.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coarse woolen stuff, woven of goats' or camels' or other hair or wool in Syria, Arabia, and neighboring countries.
  • n. An outer garment made of the above, very simple in form, worn by the Arabs of the desert.
  • n. A garment of similar shape worn in the towns, made of finer material.
  • n. Also spelled abba.
  • n. An altazimuth instrument, designed by Antoine d'Abbadie, for determining latitude on land without the use of an artificial horizon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth; worn by Arabs
  • n. a fabric woven from goat hair and camel hair


Arabic 'abā'.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic عَبَاءَة. (Wiktionary)



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