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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.
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.
Material examined: NAMIBIA: 1[male] Kamanjab district, Kaross [19[degrees]37'S 14[degrees]50'E], 10.
This reading is reinforced, in Lewis-Williams' view, by the fact that the Ichneumon places another antelope skin product, a kaross, over /Kaggen.
Instead, Mandela wore a royal leopard-skin kaross in the courtroom; he was visibly a king himself.
Elegant lines of sturdy standing human figures, each body made a strong upright block by the enfolding cloak, the kaross.