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#10: Sporran

What It Is:

: a pouch, usually of skin with the hair or fur on, that is worn in front of the kilt with Scots Highland dress

About the Word:

The traditional kilt is without a pocket, so a sporran does the job instead. The word comes from the Scottish Gaelic word for "purse" (sporan).

There's a sporran for every occasion: dress, casual, and playing the bagpipes; some regimental bagpipe bands feature hairy sporrans (sporans molach), which are decorated with horse or goat hair.

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