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kashmir

[kazh-meer, kash-] /ˈkæʒ mɪər, ˈkæʃ-/
noun
1.

Kashmir

[kash-meer, kazh-, kash-meer, kazh-] /ˈkæʃ mɪər, ˈkæʒ-, kæʃˈmɪər, kæʒ-/
noun
1.
Also, Cashmere. a former princely state in SW Asia, adjacent to India, Pakistan, Sinkiang, and Tibet: sovereignty in dispute between India and Pakistan since 1947.
2.
Official name Jammu and Kashmir. the part of this state occupied by India, forming a state in the Indian union. About 53,500 sq. mi. (138,000 sq. km).
Capital: Srinagar (summer); Jammu (winter).

cashmere

or kashmir

[kazh-meer, kash-] /ˈkæʒ mɪər, ˈkæʃ-/
noun
1.
the fine, downy wool at the roots of the hair of the Kashmir goat.
2.
a garment made of this wool.
3.
a yarn made from this wool.
4.
a wool or cashmere fabric of plain or twill weave.
Origin of cashmere
1815-1825
1815-25; named after Cashmere
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  • I shall be interested to hear what your sister thinks of kashmir.

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  • Between kashmir and Persia, in a very mountainous and cold region.

  • The graceful steeples, of the style characteristic of kashmir, in the centre of each face are worthy of note.

    Kashmir Sir Francis Edward Younghusband
  • Lieutenant Stewart joined them with two guns of the kashmir battery.

  • Have you manufactured any new kashmir shawls out of old rags of borders and French imitations since I saw you?

    Paul Patoff F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for kashmir

kashmir

/ˈkæʃmɪə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of cashmere

Kashmir

/kæʃˈmɪə/
noun
1.
a region of SW central Asia: from the 16th century ruled by the Moguls, Afghans, Sikhs, and British successively; since 1947 disputed between India, Pakistan, and China; 84 000 sq km (33 000 sq miles) in the northwest are held by Pakistan and in part known as Azad Kashmir (Free Kashmir), part as the Northern Areas; an area of 42 735 sq km (16 496 sq miles) in the east (the Aksai Chin) is held by China; the remainder was in 1956 officially incorporated into India as the state of Jammu and Kashmir; traversed by the Himalaya and Karakoram mountain ranges and the Rivers Jhelum and Indus; a fruit-growing and cattle-grazing region, with a woollen industry. Capitals: (Jammu and Kashmir) Srinagar (summer), Jammu (winter); (Azad Kashmir) Muzaffarabad; (Northern Areas) Gilgit

cashmere

/ˈkæʃmɪə/
noun
1.
a fine soft wool from goats of the Kashmir area
2.
  1. cloth or knitted material made from this or similar wool
  2. (as modifier): a cashmere sweater

Cashmere

/kæʃˈmɪə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of Kashmir
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Word Origin and History for kashmir

Kashmir

from Sanskrit Kashypamara "land of Kashyap," said to be the name of a renowned sage. Related: Kashmiri.

cashmere

n.

1680s, "shawl made of cashmere wool," from the old spelling of Kashmir, Himalayan kingdom where wool was obtained from long-haired goats. As a name for this kind of woolen fabric, favored for shawls, etc., it is attested from 1822.

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kashmir in Culture
Kashmir [(kash-meer)]

A state of India, in its extreme north. When mainly Hindu India became independent of Great Britain in 1947, many of its predominantly Muslim areas split off as Pakistan. Kashmir, a mainly Muslim area, remained part of India, which led to persistent conflicts between India and Pakistan.

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