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handkerchief

[hang-ker-chif, -cheef] /ˈhæŋ kər tʃɪf, -ˌtʃif/
noun
1.
a small piece of linen, silk, or other fabric, usually square, and used especially for wiping one's nose, eyes, face, etc., or for decorative purposes.
2.
a neckerchief or kerchief.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; hand + kerchief
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British Dictionary definitions for hand-kerchief

handkerchief

/ˈhæŋkətʃɪf; -tʃiːf/
noun
1.
a small square of soft absorbent material, such as linen, silk, or soft paper, carried and used to wipe the nose, etc
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Word Origin and History for hand-kerchief
handkerchief
1530, from hand + kerchief "cloth for covering the head" (see kerchief). Thus it is a one-word contradiction in terms.
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hand-kerchief in the Bible

Only once in Authorized Version (Acts 19:12). The Greek word (sudarion) so rendered means properly "a sweat-cloth." It is rendered "napkin" in John 11:44; 20:7; Luke 19:20.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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