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 (kə-rôs′, -rŏs′)
A dressed animal skin, or several skins sewed together, used in southern Africa as a cloak, rug, or blanket.

[Afrikaans karos, from obsolete Khoikhoi : possibly originally a diminutive of a Khoikhoi word for skin and containing elements corresponding to modern Nama khòő-b, skin + -rò-, diminutive suff. + -s, feminine sing. n. suff.]


(Clothing & Fashion) a garment of skins worn by indigenous peoples in southern Africa
[C18: from Afrikaans karos, perhaps from Dutch kuras, from French cuirasse cuirass]
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For me, I snatched up the rug--afterwards I found it was Noma's best kaross, made by Basutos of chosen cat-skins, and worth three oxen--and I fled, followed by Koos.
Sonia Kaross, 'The Palmer Raids: The Deportation Mania Begins"
27) 'Africaander' here presumably represented one of the extant Namaqua or Ronderib Afrikaner breeds (or a related extinct variety), mutton stock with fat deposits distributed around the tail and with hairy rather than woolly coats, likely the result of selection for kaross production (Campbell 1995; Smith 2000: 223).
Material examined: NAMIBIA: 1[male] Kamanjab district, Kaross [19[degrees]37'S 14[degrees]50'E], 10.
The chamber has hired intern Lesley Kaross to follow through on a downtown revitalization program that took a back seat at the time of the collapse.
In the same vein, the traditional kaross he was wearing when he appeared before the Court on October 15th, 1962 may be interpreted not only as the symbol of his people's cultural legacy but also as an assertion of their right to respect and dignity in a society which disdained them.
This reading is reinforced, in Lewis-Williams' view, by the fact that the Ichneumon places another antelope skin product, a kaross, over /Kaggen.
In contrast, Schmahmann's other essay on four groups of black embroiderers, of Xihoko, Chiviraka, Kaross Workers and Mapula, while it discusses the distinctive styles and subjects of their appealing stitched imagery, gives considerable attention to the women's life situations.
He only wore a shirt with a kaross of jackal skin around the shoulders
Instead, Mandela wore a royal leopard-skin kaross in the courtroom; he was visibly a king himself.