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kashmir

[kazh-meer, kash-]
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  1. cashmere.
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Kashmir

[kash-meer, kazh-, kash-meer, kazh-]
noun
  1. Also Cashmere. a former princely state in SW Asia, adjacent to India, Pakistan, Sinkiang, and Tibet: sovereignty in dispute between India and Pakistan since 1947.
  2. Official name Jammu and Kashmir. the part of this state occupied by India, forming a state in the Indian union. About 39,146 sq. mi. (101,387 sq. km). Capital: Srinagar (summer); Jammu (winter).
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cashmere

or kash·mir

[kazh-meer, kash-]
noun
  1. the fine, downy wool at the roots of the hair of the Kashmir goat.
  2. a garment made of this wool.
  3. a yarn made from this wool.
  4. a wool or cashmere fabric of plain or twill weave.
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Origin of cashmere

First recorded in 1815–25; named after Cashmere
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kashmir

noun
  1. a variant spelling of cashmere
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Kashmir

noun
  1. a region of SW central Asia: from the 16th century ruled by the Moguls, Afghans, Sikhs, and British successively; since 1947 disputed between India, Pakistan, and China; 84 000 sq km (33 000 sq miles) in the northwest are held by Pakistan and in part known as Azad Kashmir (Free Kashmir), part as the Northern Areas; an area of 42 735 sq km (16 496 sq miles) in the east (the Aksai Chin) is held by China; the remainder was in 1956 officially incorporated into India as the state of Jammu and Kashmir; traversed by the Himalaya and Karakoram mountain ranges and the Rivers Jhelum and Indus; a fruit-growing and cattle-grazing region, with a woollen industry. Capitals: (Jammu and Kashmir) Srinagar (summer), Jammu (winter); (Azad Kashmir) Muzaffarabad; (Northern Areas) Gilgit
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Cashmere

noun
  1. a variant spelling of Kashmir
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cashmere

kashmir

noun
  1. a fine soft wool from goats of the Kashmir area
    1. cloth or knitted material made from this or similar wool
    2. (as modifier)a cashmere sweater
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Word Origin and History for kashmir

Kashmir

from Sanskrit Kashypamara "land of Kashyap," said to be the name of a renowned sage. Related: Kashmiri.

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cashmere

n.

1680s, "shawl made of cashmere wool," from the old spelling of Kashmir, Himalayan kingdom where wool was obtained from long-haired goats. As a name for this kind of woolen fabric, favored for shawls, etc., it is attested from 1822.

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kashmir in Culture

Kashmir

[(kash-meer)]

A state of India, in its extreme north. When mainly Hindu India became independent of Great Britain in 1947, many of its predominantly Muslim areas split off as Pakistan. Kashmir, a mainly Muslim area, remained part of India, which led to persistent conflicts between India and Pakistan.

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