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

  • n. A strip of cloth wound spirally around the leg from ankle to knee. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A gaiter covering the lower leg. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A strip of cloth wound round the leg, worn for protection or support by hikers, soldiers etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A kind of gaiter of waterproof cloth wrapped around the leg, used by soldiers, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A strip of woolen or other fabric, sometimes waterproofed, four inches wide and three yards long, with a tape at one end, designed to be wound spirally around the leg, from the ankle nearly to the knee. It forms an efficient protection to sportsmen and soldiers. See the extract.

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

  • n. a strip of cloth wound around the leg to form legging; used by soldiers in World War I


Hindi paṭṭī, from Sanskrit paṭṭikā, from paṭṭakaḥ, bandage, ribbon, from paṭṭaḥ, strip of cloth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindi पट्टी (paṭṭī, "bandage, strip of cloth"), from Sanskrit पट्टिका (paṭṭikā) of similar meaning. (Wiktionary)



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