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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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kufiyyapalestinapañuelo palestino
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( Famous musician Rogers Waters was spotted wearing a Palestinian kuffiyeh yesterday while unveiling the trophy during the final match of the French Open.
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Assaf is now a full-fledged singer with so many hit numbers to his credit, including 'Aali El Kuffiyeh', which has so far had 23 million views in You tube and 'Yalla Yalla' which he sang live at the opening ceremony of the 64th FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil in June 2014.
They launched fireworks and raised Palestinian flags and Kuffiyeh and they were all happy, proud, and united.
Talking to The Daily Star "from a safe house in [the Sunni city of] Falluja, his face wrapped in a kuffiyeh to protect his identity", the man who "asked to be referred to as Abu Ahmad, said: "The project of this Free Army is much like the project of the FSA - to bring down the Iranian sponsored Shi'ite regimes in the region".
She was wearing a Palestinian kuffiyeh and responding to the Israeli terror-supporter, in the fashion of black, Goebbels-like propaganda.
Dunkin' Donuts ad pulled because of scarfA Dunkin' Donuts ad featuring Rachael Ray has been taken off the air due to a scarf the actress wears in the spot that resembles a kuffiyeh, a Middle Eastern garb.The ad was placed under the spotlight when a Fox news commentator associated the scarf with terrorists.
He had long, lustrous, heavy black hair that hung in four braids down his shoulders from under a splendid kuffiyeh, that was bound round his head with ropes of silver brocade threaded with red" (118-19).
The farmer, dressed for an outing to town in neatly pressed jellabia and gleaming white kuffiyeh, welcomes us.
And as a member of a past generation at Birzeit, I would like to take my hat, or red kuffiyeh off, and tell the students of Birzeit, Najah, Al-Quds, Bethlehem and elsewhere: Please finish the job we started.
On a recent Saturday Loay, 15, who the day before had wrapped a chequered kuffiyeh around his face and used a slingshot to hurl rocks over the wall at Israeli army jeeps, sat hunched over a piano, pecking out chords.
An elderly man with a white kuffiyeh around his head threw his hands down to his blood drenched trousers.