plural -s
: a rich silk cloth with printed or woven designs popular in the 16th century
: a painted cotton cloth formerly made in India

Word History


Arabic dialect kaffa, kaffīyah (literary Arabic kūfīyah), from al-Kufah Al Kufa, town in Iraq where it was made

First Known Use

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of caffa was in 1531

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“Caffa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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