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loincloth

[loin-klawth, -kloth] /ˈlɔɪnˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural loincloths
[loin-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈlɔɪnˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a piece of cloth worn around the loins or hips, especially in tropical regions as the only item of clothing.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; loin + cloth
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  • The mummy was dressed in two tunics and a loincloth.
  • According to one story, it began when a runner lost his loincloth and tripped on it.
  • Another applicant swung from a tree, yodeling as his loincloth flipped up in the breeze.
  • He wore the traditional dhoti, a long loincloth with a tunic buttoned over it.
  • He wears a pointy mask and an animal-skin loincloth.
  • That's a ton already and only the area of a loincloth has been accounted for.
  • As if to prove it, he puts on his loincloth for a little show.
British Dictionary definitions for loincloth

loincloth

/ˈlɔɪnˌklɒθ/
noun
1.
a piece of cloth worn round the loins Also called breechcloth
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Word Origin and History for loincloth
n.

1859, from loin + cloth.

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Encyclopedia Article for loincloth

usually, a rectangular piece of cloth draped around the hips and groin. One of the earliest forms of clothing, it is derived, perhaps, from a narrow band around the waist from which amuletic and decorative pendants were hung. From about 3000 BC, the Egyptians wore schenti of woven material that was wrapped around the body several times and tied in front or belted. Sometimes the schenti was pleated or partially pleated and sometimes stiffened to project in front.

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