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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.