dread locks

dreadlocks

[dred-loks]
noun (used with a plural verb)
a hair style, especially among Rastafarians, in which the hair is worn in long, ropelike locks.

Origin:
1955–60; dread + lock2 + -s3

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dreadlocks (ˈdrɛdˌlɒks)
 
pl n
hair worn in the Rastafarian style of long matted or tightly curled strands

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dreadlocks
1960, from dread + locks (see lock (2)). The style supposedly based on that of East African warriors. So called from the dread they presumably aroused in beholders, but Rastafarian dread (1974) also has a sense of "fear of the Lord," expressed in part as alienation from contemporary society.
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