Barracan

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Barracan A thick, strong stuff, somewhat like camlet; -- still used for outer garments in the Levant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barracan A thick, strong stuff made in the Levant, properly of camel's hair. The name is used throughout the Mediterranean countries; the use of it by Byron (“the striped white gauze baracan that bound her,” Don Juan, iii. 70) and others to denote a delicate material is apparently an error. Also written baracan, barrakan, barragon, and barragan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Barracan bar′a-kan a thick, strong stuff resembling camlet.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. baracan, bouracan,cf. Pr. barracan, It. baracane, Sp. barragan, Pg. barregana, LL. barracanus,), fr. Ar. barrakān, a kind of black gown, perh. fr. Per. barak, a garment made of camel's hair
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.; It.—Ar. barrakān, a dark dress, Pers. barak, a stuff made of camel's hair.

Usage

In literature:

I took out my last barracan, as some precaution against the threatening clouds.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
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