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or djel·la·bah also jel·la·ba  (jə-lä′bə) or ga·la·bi·a (gə-lä′bē-ə)
A long, loose, hooded garment with full sleeves, worn especially in Muslim countries.

[French, from Arabic jallāba, variant of Arabic jallābīya (perhaps originally meaning "garment worn by traders"), from jallāb, trader, importer, from jalaba, to attract, bring, fetch, import; see glb in Semitic roots.]
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(ˈdʒɛləbə) ,






(Clothing & Fashion) a kind of loose cloak with a hood, worn by men esp in North Africa and the Middle East
[from Arabic jallabah]
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A long, loose, hooded cloak with wide sleeves, worn in many Muslim countries.
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