from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rich stuff, probably of silk, in use in the sixteenth century.


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  • Usually these glances came from women, though sometimes from gentlemen, who simply admired his fashionable clothes, often of caffa, and his velvet hats; at other times these glances were of a concupiscent nature, whereupon I was made to feel most ill at ease.

    The Stream and The Torrent

  • We brag about them, and when we wish to be especially smart we pronounce them caffa-tuh-ree-ah.

    Vignettes of San Francisco

  • It was the most beautiful thing she’d ever seen—a froth of pale pink caffa, silver embroidery, and gossamer white lawn puffed out through slits in the sleeves and bodice.

    My Devilish Scotsman


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  • Mustafa, who ruled once in Jaffa,

    Insisted his women wear caffa.

    A lip-hugging veil

    To be worn without fail

    Was known as Mustache of Mustafa.

    September 19, 2016