from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thick, strong material, somewhat like camlet, formerly used for outer garments in the Levant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thick, strong stuff, somewhat like camlet; -- still used for outer garments in the Levant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thick, strong stuff made in the Levant, properly of camel's hair.


French baracan, bouracan (compare Proven├žal barracan, Italian baracane, Spanish barragan, Portuguese barregana, Latin barracanus), from Arabic a kind of black gown, perhaps from Persian barak a garment made of camel's hair. (Wiktionary)



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  • "Nicasio sits with his barracan jacket slightly open, his hand reaching--in plenipotentiary gesture--for his wallet ("ample as a library," according to Dos) so he can pay the bill."
    The No Variations by Luis Chitarroni, translated by Darren Koolman, p 7

    September 16, 2013