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tabi

[tah-bee]
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noun, plural ta·bi, ta·bis.
  1. a covering for the foot, similar to a sock, having a separate pouchlike stall for the large toe, worn especially in Japan, often with zoris.

Origin of tabi

1890–95; < Japanese, perhaps < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese dānpí single-skin
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Examples from the Web for tabi

Historical Examples

  • The population is divided into two clans—the Bule and the Tabi.

    Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific

    Felix Speiser

  • From Tabi the distance to the ruins of Labna is some twelve miles.

    The American Egypt

    Channing Arnold

  • I discarded boots and walked with my skirts up to my knees, bare legs and Japanese tabi, as did J—— and C——.

    A Journal from Japan</p>

    Marie Carmichael Stopes

  • There is first put on a short stocking, or tabi, which reaches a little above the ankle and fastens in the back.

    Oriental Women</p>

    Edward Bagby Pollard

  • Our walk lay for twelve long miles to the village of Tabi, where we had been told that food would be procurable.

    The American Egypt

    Channing Arnold


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