One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In Guyana and neighbouring regions: a small apron-like garment worn by the women of certain Amerindian peoples, fashioned from panels of small coloured glass beads worked into intricate geometrical patterns attached to fringes of cotton, and fastened by strings of similar beads tied around the waist.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in John Stedman (1744–1797), army officer and author. Origin uncertain; perhaps from a Cariban language, perhaps via Guyanese Creole.
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