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Ku Klux Klan a secret society organized and active in the southern United States after the Civil War, which sought to regain white supremacy over newly freed blacks. [2 definitions]
kulak in czarist Russia, a relatively well-off or landholding peasant.
kumiss the fermented milk of a mare or camel, used as a beverage by Asian nomads. [2 definitions]
kümmel a colorless liqueur flavored with caraway seeds, cumin, anise, and the like.
kumquat a type of citrus tree bearing a small, edible fruit. [2 definitions]
kung fu a Chinese method of self-defense involving fluid, circular movements of the hands and legs. (Cf. karate.)
Kunming a city in south central China.
Kunming Lake the sixth-largest freshwater lake in China, located in Beijing.
Kuomintang the main political party of China from 1911 to 1948, and of Taiwan since 1948.
Kurd a member of a Muslim people that lives in southeastern Turkey, northern Iran and Iraq, and the Caucasus.
Kurdish of or pertaining to the Kurds or their culture, language, or the like. [2 definitions]
kuru a fatal viral disease that affects the nervous system, occurring in New Guinea.
kurus the smaller monetary unit of Turkey. (Cf. lira.)
Kutenai a member of a tribe of North American Indians of the northwestern United States and western Canada. [2 definitions]
kuvasz any of a Hungarian breed of dog with a large strong body covered by long wavy white fur.
Kuwait a Middle Eastern country at the northern end of the Persian Gulf.
kv abbreviation of "kilovolt," or "kilovolts," a unit of electromotive force equal to one thousand volts.
kw abbreviation of "kilowatt," or "kilowatts," a unit of electrical power equal to one thousand watts.
kwacha the chief monetary unit of Malawi, equaling one hundred tambala. [2 definitions]
kwanza the chief monetary unit of Angola, equaling one hundred lwei.
Kwanzaa an African-American festival, celebrating family, community, and culture, held from December 26 to January 1.