Af·ghan (ăfgăn′, -gən)
Of or relating to Afghanistan or its people or culture.
a. A native or inhabitant of Afghanistan; an Afghani.
b. A person of Afghan ancestry.
a. A knitted or crocheted coverlet or blanket, especially one with colorful geometric designs.
b. A rug having a colorful geometric design.
3. An Afghan hound.
[Persian afghān, a Pashtun.]
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