One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural kikoismass noun
1A distinctive East African striped cloth with an end fringe.
- ‘A kikoi - a stripy piece of cotton cloth from Kenya - but a sarong or some such would do as well.’
- ‘Kenya stands to lose the name Kikoi, associated with locally made fabrics.’
- 1.1count noun A garment made of kikoi, worn around the waist.
- ‘Men wore a striped cloth (kikoi) around the waist that hung to the knees.’
- ‘Folded into a narrow strip, our traditional Tanzanian sarong (or ‘kikoi’) makes an ideal central dressing for the refectory table; with this in place as an ‘inspiration piece’, the ideas fairly flow from us.’
- ‘He tucked it into a kikoi wrapped round his waist.’
- ‘The wind blows huge squalls of fine grey sand everywhere, so kikois (large cotton scarves) are wrapped around our heads, Lawrence of Arabia style.’
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