han'-ker-chif (soudarion):

A loan-word from the Latin sudarium, found in plural in Acts 19:12, soudaria; compare sudor, "perspiration"; literally, "a cloth used to wipe off perspiration." Elsewhere it is rendered "napkin" (Luke 19:20; John 11:44; 20:7), for which see DRESS; NAPKIN.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'HANDKERCHIEF'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.