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English definition of “cowl”

cowl

noun [C] uk   /kaʊl/ us  
a large, loose covering for the head and sometimes shoulders, but not the face, worn especially by monksThings worn to cover the head, face or neck a metal cover on the top of a chimney that helps smoke to go up it and prevents wind from blowing down itLids, covers and stoppersVents and ventilation
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