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Abercromby, John / A trip through the eastern Caucasus
(1889)

A list of the foreign words occasionally used,   pp. [ix]-x


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A LIST OF THE 
FOREIGN WORDS OCCASIONALLY USED. 
Beshmet, a close-fitting garment with an upright collar, 
fastened by hooks and eyes as far as the waist, and ter- 
minating in long skirts which reach to the knee or even 
to the ankles. It is of any colour, and is worn below the 
cherkeska. 
Burka, an armless cape of shaggy black felt reaching 
to the knee or even lower, and secured round the neck 
by a couple of thongs or laces. 
Chai, a river (Tatar). 
Cherkeska, a collarless outer garment of stronger stuff 
than the beshmet, and reaching below it. It is cut open 
at the chest, and is fastened at the waist by three or four 
hooks and eyes. On each side of the breast is a diagonal 
row of small, deep pockets for holding cartridges.  Now 
a days they are filled with wooden or metal cylinders 
ornamented with silver tops. This garment is of dark 
colour, very often black. 
Dukhan, a wayside store and wine-shop. The word is 
of Arabic origin, but is used by the Georgians, Tatars, and 
Persians. 
IAhevi, a Georgian word for valley: from it is formed 
Khevsur, the name of a people in the upper Aragva valley. 
Khi, water, river (Chechents). 
Kinjal, a dagger, more than two feet long, worn in front 
of the body. 


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