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  • - which some studies link to ` qat 'as well as the heavy use of a chewing tobacco known as' shamma '.


  • Nicholas had rolled his dik'dik skin into a ball and wrapped it in an embroidered shamma that he had purchased in the same market.

    The Seventh Scroll

  • He was dressed in a priest's shamma and headcloth, and until he spoke Nicholas did not recognize Mek Nimmur.

    The Seventh Scroll

  • Tamre lolloped away up the path ahead of them, his grubby shamma flapping around his long skinny legs, chanting the repetitive chorus of an Amharic psalm, and every few minutes looking back to make certain that Royan was still following him.

    The Seventh Scroll

  • Still howling with fear of the pit and the flames of hell, he darted away down the path into the Thorn scrub, the skirts of his shamma swirling about his skinny legs and his shiny black face swivelled back over his shoulder to watch the approaching machine.

    The Seventh Scroll

  • Quickly she pulled the woollen shamma over her head and thrust her feet into her sandals.

    The Seventh Scroll

  • The Arab word is connected with shamma = he smelt, and suggests the policeman smoking plots.

    Arabian nights. English

  • On the eve of Timkat, clergy wear ceremonial robes, men and women don traditional white clothing shamma, and children wear colorful clothes and crowns to partake in the festive processions.

    The Full Feed from

  • Could Amharic shamma ` chamma, a cotton, toga-like, usually white garment 'also be related?

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XX No 2

  • That shit’s crazy off the hook shizzalappadappa woppa boppa shamma lamma!



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  • "Comrade Kasahun, Ideological Officer, Ambo District WPE, introduced me to the volunteers from Ambo, who were preparing the the evening meal for the settlers who were still to arrive. They were Amhara matrons of substance, grave and nun-like in their white shammas."

    - 'Resetlement, Ethiopia, 1985', Germaine Greer in The Madwoman's Underclothes.

    September 1, 2008