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shako

or shacko

[shak-oh, shey-koh] /ˈʃæk oʊ, ˈʃeɪ koʊ/
noun, plural shakos or shackos, shakoes or shackoes.
1.
a military cap in the form of a cylinder or truncated cone, with a visor and a plume or pompon.
Origin of shako
1805-1815
1805-15; < French schako < Hungarian csákó, short for csákós (süveg) peaked (cap), adj. derivative of csák peak < Middle High German zacke peak, point; see tack1
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  • The shako was ornamented in front with a white death's-head, and one would not have believed that a skull could be so ornamental.

    The Nameless Castle Maurus Jkai
  • If I had but a frock and a shako, thought I, I could make my way.

  • You mustn't wear that shako; you'd soon be picked off with that tower of black fur on your head.

  • The young man let fall his shako from his hand, and laid it on his sword-hilt.

  • As I watched the approach to the town, I caught sight of the bayonet and shako of a soldier rising above the brow of a hill.

    Manco, the Peruvian Chief W.H.G. Kingston
  • Two of these had the number of their regiment on their shako.

  • One man gravely wore a gilt coronet crammed over the crown of his shako.

    Barlasch of the Guard H. S. Merriman
  • "I congratulate you," said the captain, as I picked up my shako.

  • She would have none of these in her kitchen; and so the sabre and shako were hidden away in a cupboard.

    A Love Episode Emile Zola
  • Seeing that he was not wanted further, he touched his shako and withdrew.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for shako

shako

/ˈʃækəʊ/
noun (pl) shakos, shakoes, shackos, shackoes
1.
a tall usually cylindrical military headdress, having a plume and often a peak, popular esp in the 19th century
Word Origin
C19: via French from Hungarian csákó, from Middle High German zacke a sharp point
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Word Origin and History for shako
n.

cylindrical soldier's hat with plume, 1815, from Hungarian csákó, short for csákós süveg "peaked cap," from adjectival form of csáko "peak, projecting point of a cow's horn," which some European etymologists derive from German zacken "point, spike," but which Hungarian sources regard as of unknown origin.

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