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- n. an observant Muslim woman who covers her face and hands when in public or in the presence of any man outside her immediate family
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Like I said, a large part of my views on this sort of stuff have been shaped by hanging w/a niqaabi, and i know perfectly well what she looks like w/o her face veil.