The agal (Arabic: عقال, ‘iqāl: "bond" or "rope", in Hebrew: עיגול\Igul), also spelled iqal, egal or igal, is an accessory worn usually by Arab men. It is a black cord, worn doubled, used to keep the ghutrah in place on the wearer's head.
It is said in Aswan Egypt that each band ov an Agal represents 1000 familee members ov the wearer.
- Oxford English Dictionary. Second Edition, 1989.