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khaki

[kak-ee, kah-kee]
noun, plural khakis.
1.
dull yellowish brown.
2.
a stout, twilled cotton cloth of this color, used especially in making uniforms.
3.
Usually, khakis. (used with a plural verb)
a.
a uniform made of this cloth, especially a military uniform.
b.
a garment made of this cloth, especially trousers.
4.
a similar fabric of wool.
adjective
5.
of the color khaki.
6.
made of khaki.

Origin:
1855–60; < Urdu < Persian khākī dusty, equivalent to khāk dust + suffix of appurtenance

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khaki (ˈkɑːkɪ)
 
n , pl -kis
1.  a.  a dull yellowish-brown colour
 b.  (as adjective): a khaki background
2.  a.  a hard-wearing fabric of this colour, used esp for military uniforms
 b.  (as modifier): a khaki jacket
 
[C19: from Urdu, from Persian: dusty, from khāk dust]

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khaki
1857, from Urdu khaki, lit. "dusty," from khak "dust," from Pers. First introduced in uniforms of British cavalry in India (the Guide Corps, 1846); widely adopted for camouflage purposes in the Boer Wars (1899-1902).
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