A square or oblong cloth of wool, cotton, silk, or other textile or netted fabric, used, especially by women, as a loose covering for the neck and shoulders. India shawl, a kind of rich shawl made in India from the wool of the Cashmere goat. It is woven in pieces, which are sewed together.
(Science: zoology) Shawl goat, the Cashmere goat.
Origin: Per. & Hind. Shal: cf. F. Chale.