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[kuh-ros] /kəˈrɒs/
a cloak or rug of animal skins used in southern Africa.
Origin of kaross
1725-35; < Afrikaans karos, probably < Khoikhoi Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for kaross
Historical Examples
  • On the further side of her, just by the fire, lay little Tota, wrapped in a kaross.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • Then he called some of his men, and they carried me in a kaross to this place.

    Swallow H. Rider Haggard
  • Women were there, too, watching for the signal, which was to be the waving of a kaross by a chief.

  • The kaross was fastened on the right shoulder, leaving the arm free.

    Jasper Lyle Harriet Ward
  • Here Cetewayo, who had been about to speak, threw the corner of his kaross over his face.

    Child of Storm H. Rider Haggard
  • Then I smelt out the poison, searching for it first in the hair of Mameena, and finding it in the kaross of Masapo.

    Child of Storm H. Rider Haggard
  • Then I hunted about in Wambe's hut, and found a kaross to put over his poor bruised shoulders, and he was quite a man again.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • The chief Potgieter was flayed alive, and his skin made into a kaross or cloak.

  • kaross is probably either a genuine Hottentot word, or else an adaptation of the Dutch kuras (Portuguese couraa), a cuirass.

  • He would bring his blanket from the wagon, and would not trouble Swartboy by requiring part of the latter's kaross.

British Dictionary definitions for kaross


a garment of skins worn by indigenous peoples in southern Africa
Word Origin
C18: from Afrikaans karos, perhaps from Dutch kuras, from French cuirassecuirass
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