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curch

[kurch] /kɜrtʃ/
noun
1.
a simple, close-fitting cap worn by women in colonial America.
2.
a kerchief worn by Scottish women.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English kerche, c(o)urche, back formation from courche(i)s (plural) < Middle French couvrech(i)es, plural of couvrechef kerchief; the final e of the singular form, orig. long, was later lost
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curch

/kɜːtʃ/
noun
1.
a woman's plain cap or kerchief Also called curchef
Word Origin
C15: probably back formation from courcheis (plural), from Old French couvrechies, plural of couvrechefkerchief
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