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also bur·noose  (bər-no͞os′)
A hooded cloak worn especially by Arabs and Berbers.

[French burnous, from Arabic burnus, from Greek birros, hooded cloak, from Late Latin birrus.]
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(bɜːˈnuːs; -ˈnuːz) ,




(Clothing & Fashion) a long circular cloak with a hood attached, worn esp by Arabs
[C17: via French burnous from Arabic burnus, from Greek birros cloak]
burˈnoused, burˈnoosed adj
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Noun1.burnous - a long hooded cloak woven of wool in one pieceburnous - a long hooded cloak woven of wool in one piece; worn by Arabs and Moors
cloak - a loose outer garment
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References in classic literature ?
A passing Arab and two slaves saw them, but the night was dark and the white burnooses hid the hairy limbs of the apes and the giant figure of their leader, so that the three, by squatting down as though in conversation, were passed by, unsuspected.
He thought that, as in Africa he had to put on a burnoose and sit in a mosque, so in Moscow he must be beneficent like the Tsars.
"I caught only a glimpse of an Arab in a dark-blue burnoose and white turban," replied Tarzan.
I feel as though it would kill me to remain long near that dreadful man." So saying, Haidee arose, and wrapping herself in her burnoose of white cashmire embroidered with pearls and coral, she hastily quitted the box at the moment when the curtain was rising upon the fourth act.