Where does the word “khaki” come from and What does khaki mean in Hindu?

The British army borrowed both the material and the name “khaki” from India, where the army first used it.

The Indian name means “dusty,” and the original material was a stout cotton drill of the color of dust.

For clothing it served a twofold requirement. It was adapted to a warm climate, and its color was an admirable camouflage.

It was first word in 1848 by the Guide Corps, a mixed regiment of frontier troops.

Military use of today does not confine the material to cotton and permits the color to range from tannish-brown to olive-drab.

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