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bandana


noun

  1. a large, printed handkerchief, typically one with white spots or figures on a red or blue background.
  2. any large scarf for the neck or head.

noun

  1. a large silk or cotton handkerchief or neckerchief
n.

also often bandanna, 1752, from Hindi bandhnu, a method of dyeing, from Sanskrit badhnati “binds” (because the cloth is tied like modern tie-dye), from same PIE root as band (n.1). Etymologically, the colors and spots are what makes it a bandana.

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