Today's word is most likely a familiar one (especially for those of us who must endure Canada's frigid winter temperatures), but I bet you didn't know why this fetching winter headpiece is named the way it is.
noun 1. A close-fitting garment covering the whole head and neck except for parts of the face, typically made of wool.
Origin: late 19th century (worn originally by British soldiers on active service in the Crimean War who were unused to the cold climate): named after the port of Balaclava in the Crimea
Source: Oxford English Dictionary
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