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  • n. Traditional Russian fur cap with earflaps.


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From Russian ушанка (ušánka), from ухо (úxo) (ear).


  • A ushanka sat squarely on his head as he sipped a red drink from a clear Dixie cup.

    The Wannabe Warhol

  • The rickety scaffolding creaked in the wind, and the workers in quilted vatnik jackets and ushanka hats staggered around, half-drunk, taking with them at the end of the day everything they could carry—doorknobs, faucets, nails.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • “Congratulations,” said the puffy woman behind the desk, who was wearing a coat and an ushanka hat with the earflaps tied under her chin.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • When she thought of Russia, all she could visualize were men dressed in ushanka hats and valenki felt boots.

    Sea Escape

  • A well-executed Obama according to Glenn Beck's imagination should wear a Che Guevara t-shirt, a Hitler mustache, and a Soviet-style ushanka, preferably bearing a red hammer-and-sickle.

    Glynnis MacNicol: Halloween Costumes Ripped From The Headlines

  • I need the room so I wear the Soviet naval officer's ushanka [see Pops 'site for sartorial details] ...

    поиск для красного элемента

  • All eyes will now be on next year's APEC host, Russia, to see if it revives the tradition and dresses the leaders in rubashka shirts or ushanka fur hats.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • The visitors could buy traditional matryoshka dolls, try on Russian ushanka fur caps and take pictures with a polar bear.

    RIA Novosti

  • At the St. Petersburg bookstore, Mozgov purchased a pair of Russian novels and a furry shapka-ushanka, a military hat.

    NYT > Home Page

  • It looks like she's wearing a hefty bag with a funny Russian ushanka sitting atop her pretty head and maybe that's why she has a sour look on her face.

    Starpulse Entertainment News


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  • Ah. This might help, from Wikipedia:

    "In the English-speaking world, it is referred to as a shapka (шáпкa), from the Russian language word for 'hat.' Ushanka literally translates as 'ear-flaps hat.'"

    But you'd know better than I, since I know this much | | about Russian.

    April 17, 2008

  • Looks like both are right. I just remember shapka from my Russian classes.

    April 17, 2008

  • It is--I think that's the "English" word for these hats, bilby. See here.

    April 17, 2008

  • Hmmm. I thought this was a shapka.

    April 17, 2008

  • A Russian fur cap with ear flaps that can be tied up to the crown of the cap or under the chin to protect the ears from cold.

    April 17, 2008