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  • n. Plural form of buskin.


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  • The proconsul wore a toga ornamented with the laticlave, a broad purple band extending down the front of the garment, indicating his rank; and his feet were encased in the kind of buskins worn by consuls.


  • Martha took the little girl up-stairs and put on a blue delaine frock and white apron, and polished her "buskins," as the low shoes were called.

    A Little Girl in Old New York

  • One thing we do know about the staging of Greek playsis that the tragic actors wore buskins on their feet that elevated them several inches above the ground ...

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • But the mebers of the chorus did not wear buskins ...

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  • In his quilted gray bambakion with its frayed hood, worn over a ragged white tunic, there was a hint of former service in the armies of Byzantium, while the brass eyelets on the straps of his buskins suggested a sojourn in the West.

    Excerpt: Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon

  • “An ox-hide to make buskins of yearly, because of the brambles,” echoed the Kitchener.

    The Monastery

  • Short petticoats, deep laced with silver, to correspond with the jacket, red stockings which were visible so high as near the calf of the leg, and buskins of Spanish leather, completed her adjustment, which, though far from new, had been saved as an untarnished holiday suit, which much care had kept in good order.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • His leathern buskins were cut and torn, and his feet marked the sod with blood.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • Five minutes afterwards, with Highland buskins on his feet and a small bundle in his hand, he passed through the north gate of Perth, and directed his course to the Highlands.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • As the herald thus spoke, a figure, which had hitherto stood shrouded behind some officers of the interior, now stepped forth, and flinging from him a dusky veil, in which he was wrapt, appeared in a dazzling scarlet garment, of which the sleeves and buskins displayed those ornaments which expressed a rank nearly adjacent to that of the Emperor himself.

    Count Robert of Paris


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  • Definition of buskins according to

    bus·kin (bskn)


    1. A foot and leg covering reaching halfway to the knee, resembling a laced half boot.


    a. A thick-soled laced half boot worn by actors of Greek and Roman tragedies.

    b. Tragedy, especially that which resembles a Greek tragedy.

    June 24, 2009