One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In South Asia, especially in the northern region: a turban or head covering.
2A scarf, usually of thin muslin, wound round the crown of a sun helmet or hat and originally fastened so that the ends hung down at the back to shade the neck.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Herbert. From Panjabi pagṛī turban, head, mark of distinction, of unknown origin.
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