yar·mul·ke also yar·mel·ke (yärməl-kə, yäməl-)
A skullcap worn by Jewish men and boys, especially those adhering to Orthodox or Conservative Judaism. Also called kippah.
[Yiddish, from Polish, yarmułka and Ukrainian yarmulka, from Turkish yaǧmurluk, rain clothing, from yaǧmur, rain, from Old Turkic, from yaǧmaq, to rain.]
(click for a larger image)yarmulke
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:
The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.