bur·qa or bur·ka (brkə)
A loose, usually black or light blue outer garment worn by Muslim women that covers the head and face and sometimes the entire body.
[Hindi burqā and Urdu burqa', from Arabic burqa', veil, variant of burqu'; see pqʿ in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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