[boor-kuh, bur-]
a loose garment covering the entire body and having a veiled opening for the eyes, worn by Muslim women.
Also, burqa, bourkha, burkha, burga.

1830–40; < Urdu burgaʿ < dialectal Arabic burqaʿ

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burka (ˈbɜːkə)
a variant spelling of burqa
[C19: from Arabic]

burqa or burka (ˈbɜːkə)
a long enveloping garment worn by Muslim women in public
[C19: from Arabic]
burka or burka
[C19: from Arabic]

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Main Entry:  burka
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a long loose body-covering garment with veiled holes for the eyes, worn by some Muslim women; also written burqa, bourkha, burkha, burga, burqua; also called chador
Etymology:  Arabic burku
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Word Origin & History

1836, from Hindi, from Arabic burqa'.
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Example sentences
These are areas over which more discreet scholars prefer to draw a veil, if not
  the full burka.
She wears a burka and head scarf and chooses to sit alone rather than work with
  a partner or in a small group.
The hypocrisy of people advocating for the burka while opposing public nudity
  makes me upset.
Let's not confuse the hijab and the burka, two completely different styles.
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