yashmak

yashmak

[yahsh-mahk, yash-mak]
noun
the veil worn by Muslim women to cover the face in public.
Also, yashmac.


Origin:
1835–45; < Turkish yaşmak

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yashmak or yashmac (ˈjæʃmæk)
 
n
the face veil worn by Muslim women when in public
 
[C19: from Arabic]
 
yashmac or yashmac
 
n
 
[C19: from Arabic]

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yashmak

long, narrow face screen or veil traditionally worn in public by Muslim women. The yashmak can consist of a piece of black horsehair attached near the temples and sloping down like an awning to cover the face, or it can be a veil covered with pieces of lace, with slits for the eyes, tied behind the head by strings and sometimes supported over the nose by a small piece of gold, ivory, or silver.

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