from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as capouch.
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In fact the Capuchins receive their name from their hood (capuce), which differs in form from that of the other Franciscans.
The monks wore a black tunic with a surplice and above it a hood and capuce; from the centre of the last, in front and behind, hung a small square of stuff known as the "Robert".
The form of the monastic habit was considerably altered: the tunic and scapular were so shortened as to come only a few inches below the knee, and in place of the cowl the new hermits were given a capuce with a hood attached to it, and a short cloak fastened with a piece of wool at the throat.
The mozzetta of the capuce reaches below the cord, almost in the form of a scapular.
When he had left the great square with its blaze of lanterns and its babel of tongues, and had begun to thread the narrow streets by which he would reach the bridge of the Rialto, a smile played for a moment about his determined mouth, and he drew his capuce still closer over his ears.