From French baracan, bouracan (compare Occitan barracan, Italian baracane, Spanish barragán, Portuguese barregana, Latin barracanus), from Arabic [Term?] (“a kind of black gown”), perhaps from Persian [script needed] (barak, “a garment made of camel's hair”).
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.)