from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shirt; a tunic.
- n. An alb.
- n. A shrine in which the Book of the Gospels used at high mass was formerly preserved.
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It is first met outside of Rome, where, until the fifteenth century, the vestment was called camisia, alba romana, or succa (subta).
The origin of the rochet may be traced from the clerical (non - liturgical) alba or camisia, that is, the clerical linen tunic of everyday life.
It has in the past been known by many various names: linea or tunica linea, from the material of which it is made; poderis, tunica talaris, or simply talaris, from the fact of its reaching to the feet (tali, ankles); camisia, from the shirt-like nature of the garment; alba,
This camisia appears first in Rome as a privileged vestment; that this was the case in the Christian capital as early as the ninth century is established by the St. Gall catalogue of vestments.
The Arabic _quamīç_ occurs in the Koran, but is thought to be an adaptation of the Latin _camisia, camisa_.
` shirt 'from LL camisa, camisia ` shirt, thin dress,' probably of Germanic origin, akin to OE ham ` undergarment, 'hama ` cover, skin,' hemetha ` shirt, 'and to Skt śāmulya ` woolen shirt.'
I think, for _camisia_; but Spenser (_Faerie Queene_, II.iii. xxvi.) has (as
The word kameez is derived from the Latin camisia (shirt or tunic