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handkerchief

noun [C]  /ˈhæŋ·kər·tʃəf, -tʃɪf, -ˌtʃif/ us  
a square piece of cloth used for blowing the nose or for cleaning the face or eyes
Translations of “handkerchief”
in Korean 손수건…
in Arabic مَحْرَمة, مِنْديل…
in French mouchoir…
in Turkish mendil…
in Italian fazzoletto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 手帕…
in Russian носовой платок…
in Polish chusteczka (do nosa)…
in Spanish pañuelo…
in Portuguese lenço, lencinho…
in German das Taschentuch…
in Catalan mocador…
in Japanese ハンカチ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 手帕…
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