from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman antiquity, a military shoe; the most common form of foot-covering of all ranks up to centurion.
  • n. A bishop's stocking.


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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  • The old hero is quite an enigma.

    Some say that he's stained by a stigma -

    A dux bellorum

    But sworn to the forum -

    King Arthur once wore the caliga.

    November 14, 2014

  • The diminutive of this is caligula—and thus the future emperor gained his nickname.

    Caliga is somehow related to calc- "heel", but I don't know what the -ig- bit is doing there.

    August 12, 2008

  • Roman military sandal. Plural is caligae. Once who wears them is caligate (which see for a link to a picture). Thanks, she!

    August 12, 2008