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From French baracan, bouracan (compare Provençal barracan, Italian baracane, Spanish barragan, Portuguese barregana, Latin barracanus), from Arabic a kind of black gown, perhaps from Persian barak a garment made of camel's hair.


barracan (plural barracans)

  1. A thick, strong material, somewhat like camlet, formerly used for outer garments in the Levant.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for barracan in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)