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balaclava

[bal-uh-klah-vuh] /ˌbæl əˈklɑ və/
noun
1.
a close-fitting, knitted cap that covers the head, neck, and tops of the shoulders, worn especially by mountain climbers, soldiers, skiers, etc.
Also called balaclava helmet.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; named after Balaklava
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British Dictionary definitions for balaclava helmet

Balaclava

/ˌbæləˈklɑːvə/
noun
1.
(often not capitals) a close-fitting woollen hood that covers the ears and neck, as originally worn by soldiers in the Crimean War
Word Origin
C19: named after Balaklava
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Word Origin and History for balaclava helmet
balaclava
"woolen head covering," especially worn by soldiers, evidently named for village near Sebastopol, Russia, site of a battle Oct. 25, 1854, in the Crimean War. But the term (originally Balaclava helmet) does not appear before 1900 and seems to have come into use in the Boer War. The British troops seem to have suffered from the cold in the Crimean War, and the usage might be a remembrance of that conflict. The town name (Balaklava) often is said to be from Turkish, but is perhaps folk-etymologized from a Gk. original Palakion.
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