ArabicShow more Etymology dubious: perhaps from Arabic mudawwar round, circular; or named for Madura, an island off Java.
An ornamental headdress worn by Cape Muslim brides, and by Muslim women who have completed their pilgrimage to Mecca. Also attributive.
1936L.G. GreenSecret Afr. 136A Malay wedding..is one of the most gorgeous sights of Cape Town...The Malay girl..is not present at the simple ceremony in the mosque; but you may see her driving through the streets in an open carriage afterwards wearing the golden medora headdress of the bride.
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