ni·qab or ni·kab (nə-käb)
A veil worn by Muslim women that covers most or all of the face, having a narrow opening or mesh covering for the eyes.
[Arabic niqāb, from naqaba, to pierce, bore a hole, perforate; see nqb in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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