Thursday, December 10, 2015

Word of the day: abaya

The word of the day is abaya:

  1. a coarse, felted fabric woven of camel's or goat's hair.
  2. a loose, sleeveless outer garment made of this fabric or of silk, worn by Arabs.

"First, a mother of a certain age, a grandmother, probably, tall, dressed in the rigid black of the full abaya, with her half-veiled face pointed straight ahead."

 - Martin Amis, "Oktober", 7 December 2015 The New Yorker (

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