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[hahyk, heyk] /haɪk, heɪk/
an oblong cloth used as an outer garment by the Arabs.
Origin of haik
1605-15; < Arabic hā'ik, hayk, akin to ḥāk weave Unabridged
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  • It was in fact the haik or bag-cloak of the East, and it made a wonderfully effective Arab costume.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • The other had the hood of his haik pulled far over his face.

    The Pursuit Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
  • The books in these cases,” said he, “contain the master-pieces of haik learning.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • When she heard the first handfuls of sand fall on the haik, she gave a sharp cry.

    Atlantida Pierre Benoit
  • She sat silent, her haik wrapped completely about her dark little figure.

    Atlantida Pierre Benoit
  • For Ibrahim that night was unwell, and was sleeping smothered in his haik.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • The stranger said clearly, "And drop the veil, discard the haik for the new clothing, and attend the schools?"

    Black Man's Burden Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • It was his cousin who sat opposite him, smiling evilly from the shadow of the haik.

    The Pursuit Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
  • From these names is derived haik, the son of Thorgom, the progenitor of the race.

  • haik, haik, n. an oblong piece of cloth which Arabs wrap round the head and body.

British Dictionary definitions for haik


/haɪk; heɪk/
an Arab's outer garment of cotton, wool, or silk, for the head and body
Word Origin
C18: from Arabic hā'ik
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