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or kaf·fi·yeh (kə-fē′ə)
A square of cloth, often embroidered, traditionally worn as a headdress by Arab men, either by winding it around the head or by folding it into a triangle, draping it over the head, and securing it with an agal. Also called shemagh.

[Arabic kūfīya, from feminine of kūfī, of Kufa, Kufic, from al-Kūfa, Kufa, a city in central Iraq.]
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(kɛˈfiːjə) ,




(Clothing & Fashion) a cotton headdress worn by Arabs
[C19: from Arabic, perhaps from Late Latin cofea coif]
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(304.) Wearing the keffiya, a black-and-white checked scarf, is an expression of solidarity with the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
"We don't know exactly what is happening in Ras Lanuf, but we've heard there is still fighting," said Salem Abdulrahman, a bearded young fighter in fatigues and a keffiya scarf, driving a pick-up carrying an anti-aircraft gun.
They draped a black-and-white checked keffiya headdress over his shoulders.
I told him we were closed, but then another one came in with a keffiya over his face, and brought out a pistol and started shouting.
The walls of buildings and bus shelters were defiled with photomontages of Rabin in a keffiya, Rabin handing Arafat a rifle, Peres peeling off his mask to reveal Arafat underneath, Arafat taking off his mask to reveal a hideous monster underneath.
The tarboush (landowners head dress) was replaced by the farmers' keffiya.