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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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