khaki

[19] Khaki is part of the large linguistic legacy of British rule in India. In Urdu khākī means ‘dusty’, and is a derivative of the noun khāk ‘dust’ (a word of Persian origin). It seems first to have been used with reference to the colour of military uniforms in the Guide Corps of the Indian army in the late 1840s. The term followed the colour when it was more widely adopted by the British army for camouflage purposes during the South African wars at the end of the 19th century.
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   The brownish-yellow color used for army uniforms (since it matches the earth or land) derives, through Urdu, from Persian khak, 'dust.' The word was imported into English from the uniforms worn by British troops in the Indian Mutiny (1857).

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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