from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A narrow stripe of purple worn by the equites on each side of the tunic as a sign of rank.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A narrow purple stripe or band reaching from the shoulder to the bottom of the tunic on each side, worn regularly by members of the Roman equestrian order, and sometimes by those of inferior rank who had the means to provide it. It was woven in the fabric, and is rarely indicated in sculpture.
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The broad galloons made the _laticlave_, and the narrow the _angusticlave_.
There were the hostess and her daughter; three young noblemen, the purple stripes on each angusticlave telling of knightly rank; a Jewish prince in purple and gold; an old philosopher, and a poet who had been reading love lines.
His father was one Suetonius Lenis, a military tribune and wearer of the angusticlave.