from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A short surplice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A surplice, in England and America usually one shorter and less full than the ordinary surplice and with short sleeves, or sometimes none.
  • n. A kind of very coarse woolen blanket.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A short surplice, either sleeveless or having half-sleeves.
  • n. A sort of blanket made of the coarsest wool.
  • n. Same as cota.


Medieval Latin, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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