A long wide scarf often worn draped over the head or across the shoulders, chiefly by women in South Asia.
[Hindi and Urdu dupaṭṭā, shawl of doubled cloth : du-, two (from Middle Indic; akin to Sanskrit dvau, two and dvi-, combining form of dvau; see dwo- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + paṭṭā, strip of cloth (from Middle Indic paṭṭa, cloth, from Sanskrit paṭṭaḥ, of unknown origin).]
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