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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]