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cho·li

 (chō′lē)
n. pl. cho·lis also cho·lies
A tightly fitted, often short-sleeved or sleeveless upper garment with a low collar and usually a high lower hem baring the midriff, worn next to the skin by women and girls in South Asia, frequently under a sari or other garment.

[Hindi colī and Urdu čolī, from Prakrit cōḷa-, piece of cloth, from Sanskrit coḍaḥ, jacket, doublet, of unknown origin.]
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choli

(ˈkəʊlɪ)
n, pl -lis
(Clothing & Fashion) a short-sleeved bodice, as worn by Indian women
[from Hindi]
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