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  1. a fur coat, shirtlike and hooded, for wear in the arctic and other regions of extreme cold.
  2. a hip-length jacket or overshirt with an attached hood, often of wool or of a windproof, water-repellent material lined or trimmed with wool, used by skiers, hunters, the military, etc.
  3. any coat or jacket with a hood, as a hooded raincoat or windbreaker.
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Origin of parka

1770–80; (< Aleut or Yupik) < dialectal Russian párka (< Komi) < Nenets
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  1. a warm hip-length weatherproof coat with a hood, originally worn by the Inuit
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Word Origin

C19: from Aleutian: skin
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Word Origin and History for parka


1780, from Aleut parka, from Russian parka "a pelt or jacket made from pelt," from Samoyed.

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