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Afghan   /ˈæfgˌæn/   Listen

A blanket knitted or crocheted in strips or squares; sometimes used as a shawl.
A native or inhabitant of Afghanistan.  Synonym: Afghanistani.
An Iranian language spoken in Afghanistan and Pakistan; the official language of Afghanistan.  Synonyms: Afghani, Pashto, Pashtu, Paxto.
A coat made of sheepskin.  Synonym: sheepskin coat.
Tall graceful breed of hound with a long silky coat; native to the Near East.  Synonym: Afghan hound.

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"Afghan" Quotes from Famous Books

... for surgeons in the army. Having completed my studies there, I was duly attached to the Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers as Assistant Surgeon. The regiment was stationed in India at the time, and before I could join it, the second Afghan war had broken out. On landing at Bombay, I learned that my corps had advanced through the passes, and was already deep in the enemy's country. I followed, however, with many other officers who were in the same situation as myself, and succeeded ...
— A Study In Scarlet • Arthur Conan Doyle

... eighty dollars cash, a bit of black and gold brocade flung adroitly over the imitation hearth, a cot masquerading under a Mexican afghan of many colors, a canary in a cage, a potted geranium, a shallow chair with a threadbare head-rest, a lamp, a rug, a two-burner gas-stove, ...
— Every Soul Hath Its Song • Fannie Hurst

... left the room and soon returned with a large afghan. "You must take a horizontal position in order that my spell ...
— Opening a Chestnut Burr • Edward Payson Roe

... out and beheld for the first time the grim, bone-handled, triangular Afghan knife. It was ...
— Soldier Stories • Rudyard Kipling

... Aughan danad, kadr-i-kunra Kabuli: The worth of coynte the Afghan knows: Cabul prefers ...
— The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Volume 10 • Richard F. Burton

... of April the Nawab wrote to Abdulla Khan, the Afghan general at Delhi, that he had supplied Law with Rs.10,000. Clive was quickly informed ...
— Three Frenchmen in Bengal - The Commercial Ruin of the French Settlements in 1757 • S.C. Hill

... line there. The whole place, you know, has been for long a military beehive and absurdly over-garrisoned, so there is no difficulty about the massing. The difficulty lies in the reason. Three thousand square miles or so of mountain cannot be so dangerous. One would think that the whole Afghan nation was meditating a descent on the Amu Daria." He glanced up at his companion, and the two men saw the same ...
— The Half-Hearted • John Buchan

... his madness (attributed to melancholia produced by dropsy) attained, that he actually ordered the Afghan chiefs to rise suddenly upon the Persian guard, and seize the ... chief nobles; but the project being discovered, the intended victims conspired in turn, and a body of them, including Nadir's guard, and the chief of his own tribe of Afshar, entered ...
— The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 6 • Lord Byron

... of them do, my dear! He'll never get entirely well, that's positive. And now the problem is," the nurse, who was knitting a delicate rainbow afghan for a baby, smiled placidly over her faint pinks and blues, "now the question is, who's going abroad with him? He can't go alone. Ella declines the honor," Miss Baker's lips curled; she detested Ella "Emily—you know what Emily ...
— Saturday's Child • Kathleen Norris

... to deal with an incident such as the Ilbert Bill episode, enabled him to come with credit and distinction out of a situation of extreme difficulty in which the reputation of many another man would have foundered. I have no wish or intention to stir up again the embers of past Afghan controversies. It will be sufficient for my purpose to say that Lord Lytton, immensely to his credit, recognised Lyall's abilities and appointed him Foreign Secretary, in spite of the fact that he was associated with the execution of a policy to which Lord Lytton himself was strongly opposed, ...
— Political and Literary essays, 1908-1913 • Evelyn Baring

Words linked to "Afghan" :   Pathan, blanket, Pushtun, Jirga, Iranian language, hound dog, Asiatic, Paxto, kafir, hound, Pashtun, Iranian, Pashtoon, Asian, coat, cover

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