chiripa

noun chi·ri·pa \ ¦chirə¦pä \

Definition of chiripa

plural -s
:a man's woolen garment rectangular in shape, usually tucked in at the belt and wrapped in various ways around the hips and thighs, and worn by gauchos and Indians in southern South America

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Origin and Etymology of chiripa

American Spanish chiripá, from Quechua chirípak, literally, for the cold, from chíri cold + -pak for


Chiripá

noun Chi·ri·pá \ " \

Definition of Chiripá

plural Chiripá or Chiripás
:a significant subdivision of the Cayuá people of Brazil and Paraguay

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Origin and Etymology of chiripá

Spanish & Portuguese, of American Indian origin


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