A usually square, rectangular, or triangular piece of cloth worn as a covering for the head, neck, or shoulders.
tr.v. shawled, shawl·ing, shawls
To cover with or as if with such a piece of cloth.
[Persian shāl, ultimately from Sanskrit śāṭī, cloth, sari.]
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