balaclava

[ bal-uh-klah-vuh ]
/ ˌbæl əˈklɑ və /

noun

a close-fitting, knitted cap that covers the head, neck, and tops of the shoulders, worn especially by mountain climbers, soldiers, skiers, etc.

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Also called balaclava helmet.

Origin of balaclava

First recorded in 1880–85; named after Balaklava

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Balaclava

Balaclava helmet

/ (ˌbæləˈklɑːvə) /

noun

(often not capitals) a close-fitting woollen hood that covers the ears and neck, as originally worn by soldiers in the Crimean War

Word Origin for Balaclava

C19: named after Balaklava
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