caf·​fa | \ ˈkafə \
plural -s

Definition of caffa

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

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First Known Use of caffa

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for caffa

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

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“Caffa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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