from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the early and medieval church, an undergarment or shirt of haircloth, worn next the skin by monks or others as a means of mortifying the flesh without ostentation; a hair shirt. Also cilice.


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  • There was a goat's-hair cloth called cilicium manufactured in Cilicia, and largely used for tents, Saul's trade was probably that of making tents of this hair cloth.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • The other he was unable to recognize at once, for a mantle of coarse woollen stuff, called cilicium, concealed a part of his face.

    Quo Vadis: a narrative of the time of Nero

  • The goat's-hair cloth was called "cilicium," from the name of the province.

    The Life of St. Paul

  • "cilicium," or Cilician cloth, and was used for tents, &c. Paul, a

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • She wore a cilicium, the medieval-style hair shirt that scratched and tore the flesh, beneath her loose-fitting clothes.

    The Poet Prince

  • Esau's hands, and Jacob's voice: yea, and many of those holy friars, sanctified men, Cappam, saith Hierom, et cilicium induunt, sed intus latronem tegunt.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • They have single rooms instead of separate dwellings, two recreations every day, eat together daily, are not bound to wear the cilicium, and if ill are cared for in an infirmary.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • It was famous for its goat's-hair cloth, called cilicium.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • At thy death thy _cilicium_ shall be taken to the patriarch of Alexandria, and the great Athanasius, white with glory, shall kiss it as the relic of a saint.


  • While C. hederifolium and C. cilicium typically bloom in late summer into fall, C. coum is a spring bloomer.

    The Martha's Vineyard Times News Headlines


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