Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An upper tunic of ornamental character worn by women under the Roman empire, and assumed by some emperors considered effeminate, as Caligula.
  • noun An outer garment similar to the surcoat, apparently circular in form, worn in the fourteenth century, especially by women.
  • noun [capitalized] The typical genus of mollusks of the family Cycladidœ, or Sphœriidœ, having the shell equivalve, thin, ventricose, with external ligament and thick horny epidermis. The species are numerous in fresh water. Also called Sphœrium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A long gown or surcoat (cut off in front), worn in the Middle Ages. It was sometimes embroidered or interwoven with gold. Also, a rich stuff from which the gown was made.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A long gown or surcoat, cut off in front, worn in the Middle Ages, sometimes embroidered or interwoven with gold.
  • noun A rich stuff from which such gowns were made.

Etymologies

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Compare ciclatoun.

Examples

  • Used loosely in early glossaries as a rendering of L. anabola, cyclas, peplum, ricinum. a1100 Aldhelm Gloss.

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  • South of the armory of Westminster Palace lay the gardens, and here, on the third day following the King's affront to De Vac, might have been a seen a black-haired woman gowned in a violet cyclas, richly embroidered with gold about the yoke and at the bottom of the loose-pointed sleeves, which reached almost to the similar bordering on the lower hem of the garment.

    The Outlaw of Torn

  • Hosen, shirts, cyclas, and under-jupons are in the brown basket on the left side of the mule.

    The White Company

  • So close was it that the point ripped a gash in the jutting edge of his linen cyclas.

    The White Company

  • Hosen, shirts, cyclas, and under-jupons are in the brown basket on the left side of the mule.

    The White Company

  • So close was it that the point ripped a gash in the jutting edge of his linen cyclas.

    The White Company

  • Hosen, shirts, cyclas, and under-jupons are in the brown basket on the left side of the mule.

    The White Company

  • Hosen, shirts, cyclas, and under-jupons are in the brown basket on the left side of the mule.

    The White Company

  • So close was it that the point ripped a gash in the jutting edge of his linen cyclas.

    The White Company

  • She had seen glances hot with wine and lust, claspings of hands, loosened cyclas, and more lascivious reclinings.

    The Lion's Brood

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  • With Christmas at last put to bed

    Her costume was happily shed;

    Then Mrs Saint Nich’las

    Put on her white cyclas

    And banned from the house all that’s red.

    March 10, 2019