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apron, noun

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1. An article of traditional African dress consisting of a flap or thongs of softened hide suspended from the hips at the front or back. Cf. kaross sense 2, mutsha.
1691 Browne in R. Raven-Hart Cape G.H. 1652–1702 (1971) II. 388The men have litle bit of skin which hangs befor their privie members, and the women a kind of apron.
1898 Chambers’s Jrnl (U.K.) 8 Jan. 95His only dress consisted of a monkey skin muchi, or apron, and in his hand he carried a rifle.
2. Hottentot apron, see Hottentot noun sense 6 b.
1905 G.W. Stow Native Races of S. Afr. 31These people..appear to have adopted among themselves the name of ‘Khai’, which is also the same as that given to the natural apron for which the women of pure Bushman and Hottentot races be distinguished.
An article of traditional African dress consisting of a flap or thongs of softened hide suspended from the hips at the front or back.
Hottentot apron, see Hottentotnoun6 b.

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