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A long, usually white garment worn by men in Africa.



(Clothing & Fashion) a long garment, usually white, with long sleeves, worn by E African men
[C20: from Swahili]
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Noun1.kanzu - (Swahili) a long garment (usually white) with long sleeves; worn by men in East Africa
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"
Swahili - the most widely spoken Bantu languages; the official language of Kenya and Tanzania and widely used as a lingua franca in east and central Africa
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Adorned in kanzus, they flocked to various mosques and open grounds for prayers.
Dhows sailing across the ocean, women donning black veils, men wearing white kanzus, and the muadhin calling believers to prayer from one of Lamu's forty-two mosques--it all plays to the tourist's imagination of the exotic and the oriental (Hillewaert forthcoming).
The shell collector felt them crowded into the room, these ocean Muslims in their rustling kanzus and squeaking flip-flops, each stinking of his work--gutted perch, fertilizer, hull-tar--each leaning in to hear his reply.