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  • We looked down on the countless avenues, which seemed to converge from all quarters to the great old castle; and suddenly across one, quite near to us, there passed the figure of a little girl, with the "capuchon" on, that takes the place of a peasant girl's bonnet in France.

    The Grey Woman and other Tales

  • 'capuchon' on, that takes the place of a peasant girl's bonnet in

    Curious, if True Strange Tales

  • The capuchon hung in folds on his shoulders, and the dusting of grey in his thick brown hair and the twin streaks of silver in his short beard caught the remaining light in the room with a moist sheen of rain.

    Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • The driver was a thickset, bearded, well-fleshed man of about fifty, in dark homespun and a shoulder cape and capuchon of green, but all their colours faintly veiled and dusted over from long professional days spent in an air misty with the milling of grain.

    Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • He seldom covered his head unless against wind, rain or snow, but the capuchon swung and draped his higher shoulder, concealing the hump; though it was hard to believe that he ever gave any thought to such a device, for the flaw neither embarrassed him nor hampered the fluency of his movements.

    The Holy Thief

  • Cadfael took them both by the scruff of the neck, a fistful of capuchon in either hand, and plumped them back firmly on to the beach, a yard apart this time, rather in defence of his softly bubbling syrup than in any very serious exasperation.

    Monk's Hood

  • The light from the brazier, cast upwards over his face and form, showed a rangy, agile youngster, lightly built but tall for his years, in the long hose and short cotte of the country lads, with capuchon dangling at his back, and a tangled mop of curling hair uncovered.

    Monk's Hood

  • He still had Audemar's cloak over his arm, the capuchon dangling from one hand, The light from the reviving flames gilded his stooping face into gold, smooth-cheeked, with elegant bones and a brow as fair as a girl's, and on his dreaming lips the softest and most beguiling of smiles bore witness to his deep happiness.

    The Confession of Brother Haluin

  • Annet had not tried to dissuade Hyacinth, only sensibly provided him a black, much worn coat of Eilmund's too wide for him but excellent for moving invisibly by night, and a dark capuchon to shadow his face.

    The Hermit of Eyton Forest

  • There was still enough light left to make them a little more than shadowy outlines as they came and passed in single file, first a tall horse that showed as a moving pallor, probably a light grey, with a big, gross man on his back, bearded, bare-headed, the folds of his capuchon draped on his shoulders.

    The Hermit of Eyton Forest


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    August 15, 2008

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  • Surprisingly, the obvious derivation from capo is unsupported. The etymology of capa, cappa is very uncertain, but as far as I can make out, cappa is the earlier form. Even if capa was earlier, it has a long vowel, whereas Late Latin capo "head" had a short vowel: so the derivation is unlikely. Evidence for the long vowel comes from Old English—it gave rise to Modern English 'cope' "ecclesiastical cape", with the Middle English change of long /a/ to long /o/—and Norse kápa.

    August 15, 2008

  • A Cappuccino is a monk of the Italian order, as noted below. Their hooded cloaks - qroqqa correctly pulled out cappuccio, hood, as the origin - are a distinctive, creamy, light brown colour. Hence cappuccino for the coffee by association with the fabric colour. The first time I saw a Capuchin (Anglicisation) I was in no doubt as to who it was. Their robes really do look good enough to slurp!

    The ultimate Italian root of cappuccio incidentally is capo, head.

    August 15, 2008

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    August 15, 2008

  • And the word, cape?

    August 15, 2008

  • Linquistically yes, logos, but from what I've gathered the capuchon was originally intended to mock the tall, pointed hats that French noblewomen wore (the Cajun tradition derived from the similar French celebration). It's mostly worn by men.

    August 15, 2008

  • See for yourself.

    August 15, 2008

  • The root is Latin capa, cappa "cap; cloak", with various branchings of meaning and additional suffixes: one augmentative prefix gives Italian cappuccio thence French capuche. The -on of capuchon is a second augmentative; the -in- I suspect might be an Italian diminutive (or an adjective formative). The meanings of these words diverge to "person who wears", "monkey which looks like said person", "coffee which somewhat looks like him too".

    August 15, 2008

  • any connection to the Capuchins, a Catholic Order? The coffee drink known as cappuccino is related. Capuchins, I think, are also a type of monkey.

    August 15, 2008

  • A cone-shaped ceremonial hat worn during Mardi Gras in the Cajun areas of southwestern Louisiana.

    August 15, 2008