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[ee-rahm] /iˈrɑm/
the dress worn by male Muslims on their pilgrimage to Mecca, consisting of two white cotton cloths, one worn round the waist, the other over the left shoulder.
Origin of ihram
First recorded in 1695-1705, ihram is from the Arabic word iḥrām literally, prohibition Unabridged
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  • The heads of the party were bare; their countenances becomingly solemn; their ihram fresh and spotlessly white.

  • With appropriate ceremony, Ali donned the ihram and ran a mental tally of the things he must not do until the Hadj came to an end.

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British Dictionary definitions for ihram


the customary white robes worn by Muslim pilgrims to Mecca, symbolizing a sacred or consecrated state
Word Origin
C18: from Arabic ihrām, from harama he forbade
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