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kaftan variant of caftan.
Kailash a large mountain in the Himalayas that is considered sacred in a number of religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. In Hinduism, Kailash is believed to be the home of Shiva.
kaiser an emperor of Germany from 1871 to 1918.
kaiser roll a large baked roll with a hard crust, used for sandwiches.
Kalahari a desert of southern Africa occupying a large area of Botswana as well as parts of Namibia and South Africa (prec. by the).
Kalahari Desert an arid and sandy region of southern Africa occupying a large area of Botswana as well as parts of Namibia and South Africa.
kale a variety of the cabbage plant having loose wrinkled and curled leaves, or the leaves of this plant used as a vegetable.
kaleidoscope a rotating tube in which changing symmetrical forms are created by the reflection, in mirrors set at angles to each other, of small bits of colored class moving in a chamber at one end of the tube. [2 definitions]
kalends variant of calends.
Kali a Hindu goddess of life and death.
Kalmuck a member of a Buddhist Mongol tribe of northwestern China and the lower Volga River region. [2 definitions]
kalsomine see calcimine.
Kamasutra an ancient Hindu manual of sexual love.
kamikaze in the Japanese armed forces during World War II, a pilot whose mission was to crash his airplane against the target as a suicide bomb.
Kampala the capital of Uganda.
kampong a small Malay village or community.
Kampuchea the official name of Cambodia during a period of Vietnamese rule in the 197s and 1980s.
kana either of two Japanese syllabic scripts, katakana and hiragana, consisting of seventy-one characters each. (Cf. kanji.) [2 definitions]
Kanchenjunga the world's third highest mountain, located in the Himalayas on the border between India and Nepal.
kangaroo any of a group of large plant-eating marsupials of Australia and Tanzania, having powerful hind legs for jumping and a long, heavy tail used for balance.
kangaroo court an unauthorized court, such as one set up by prison inmates or strikers, that often disregards or parodies normal legal procedures.