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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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At times, it was almost embarrassing to watch as they a little too eagerly sought to have their pictures taken with any Arab they saw dressed in a thobe and keffiyah.
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The young political science and chemistry major's head and neck were wrapped in a red and white checkered keffiyah, the scarf often worn by Palestinians, in a show of solidarity with the Palestinian resistance movement.
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On the opposite side of the river at the hamlet of Batroul, a Syrian soldier dressed in crisp camouflage uniform with a red and white keffiyah tied around his waist stared with curiosity at visitors to this remote stretch of the frontier.
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But he had to stride ahead, turning faces with his red and white keffiyah, repeatedly comparing his watch and the clock on the wall.