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a woman’s scarf, often triangular, used as a hood with two of the ends tied under the chin.
an elderly Russian woman, especially an elderly grandmother.
Historical Examples

“Take me back, babushka,” I could hear his shaken voice imploring.
The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer

She moved closer to the old woman, and said affably: “babushka Stepanida, there is something I have been wanting to ask you.”
The Old House and Other Tales Feodor Sologub

Alexandra Ivanovna shuddered, and asked: “babushka, at whom are you cawing?”
The Old House and Other Tales Feodor Sologub

There sat the babushka Stepanida, a black figure in her black shawl, gaunt and shrivelled.
The Old House and Other Tales Feodor Sologub

“I will pay you for it, babushka,” he said to the old woman.
Where Love Is There God Is Also Lyof N. Tolstoi

Ask the babushka’s forgiveness,” he said, “and don’t you ever do it again; I saw you take the apple.
Where Love Is There God Is Also Lyof N. Tolstoi

She’s called Matushkin, because my babushka is no babushka to her, but is her matushka.
The Old House and Other Tales Feodor Sologub

a headscarf tied under the chin, worn by Russian peasant women
(in Russia) an old woman

type of head covering for women, 1938, from Russian babushka “grandmother.”


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