ca·​lash | \ kə-ˈlash How to pronounce calash (audio) \

Definition of calash

1a : a light small-wheeled 4-passenger carriage with a folding top
2 : a large hood worn by women in the 18th century

First Known Use of calash

1679, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for calash

French calèche, from German Kalesche, from Czech kolesa wheels, carriage; akin to Greek kyklos wheel — more at wheel

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“Calash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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