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hap·pi coat

A short, lightweight Japanese jacket or robe having wide straight sleeves and an open front, often fastened with ties.

[Japanese happi, alteration of earlier hampi : han, half (from Early Middle Chinese panh) + -pi, combining form of hi, arm (from Early Middle Chinese pjiəh, pjih), perhaps influenced by Japanese happi, a cloth placed by a monk over a chair while performing a memorial service, from earlier Japanese hafuhi : hafu, dharma (Modern Japanese ) + hi, a kind of garment.]
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