39 terms

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chador
a cloth used as a head covering (and veil and shawl) by Muslim and Hindu women
labryinth
a complicated network of winding passages
forbade
past tense of forbid; prohibited
decreed
fixed or established especially by order or command
burqas
A long, tent-like garment, which the Taliban have decreed women must wear whenever they go outside. It covers them completely and even has a narrow mesh screen over their eyes.
hijab
the custom in some Islamic societies of women dressing modestly outside the home
toshak
(n) A narrow mattress used in many Afghan homes instead of chairs or beds
looters
people who carry off or steal goods during a war or disaster
lingered
to be slow in leaving
nan
(n) Afghan bread; flat,sometimes long and sometimes round
rouse
cause to become awake or conscious
distinguish
be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait
hesitated
waited a moment, due to feeling unsure
regulation
an authoritative rule
militia
civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army
hobbled
walked with a limp
exhaustion
extreme fatigue; tired
collapsed
fell down suddenly
basin
a bowl-shaped vessel
sensible
marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters
eternity
period of time without end
idle
not having a job, not working; not employed or busy; lazy; without purpose; useless; lacking substance; baseless; not based on truth; Ex. idle worker; Ex. talk idly;
sulk
to mope around or pout
fringe
edging consisting of hanging threads or tassels
brusquely
quickly; abruptly, somewhat rudely
pakul
a gray or brown woolen shawl worn by Afghan men and boys
shalwar kameez
long, loose shirt and trousers, worn by both men and women. Men's are all one color, with pockets in the side and on the chest. Women's are different colors and patterns, sometimes elaborately embroidered or beaded
needlework
work (such as sewing or embroidery) that is done with a needle
flicker
a momentary flash of light
tucked
to put or fit into a snug or safe place
Pashtu
one of the two main languages spoken in Afghanistan.
Taliban
Members of the ruling party in Afghanistan
Soviets
The Soviet Union before its break-up, including Russia and the other Communist countries
Dari
One of the two main languages spoken in Afghanistan
Eid
A Moslem festival coming at the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting
karachi
a cart on wheels, pushed by hand, used to sell things in the market
kebab
pieces of meat on a skewer, cooked over a fire
land mine
a bomb planted in the ground, which explodes if it is stepped on
nan
(n) Afghan bread; flat,sometimes long and sometimes round