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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A vestment worn by ancient Hebrew priests.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Jewish priestly vestment, specifically that worn by the high priest.
  • noun An amice: a name formerly sometimes used in the Western Church, and also in use in the Coptic and Armenian churches. See vakass.

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

  • noun (Jew. Antiq.) A part of the sacerdotal habit among Jews, being a covering for the back and breast, held together on the shoulders by two clasps or brooches of onyx stones set in gold, and fastened by a girdle of the same stuff as the ephod. The ephod for the priests was of plain linen; that for the high priest was richly embroidered in colors. The breastplate of the high priest was worn upon the ephod in front.

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

  • noun biblical, Judaism A priestly apron, or breastplate, described in the Bible in Exodus 28: vi - xxx, which only the chief priest of ancient Israel was allowed to wear.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Late Latin, from Hebrew 'ēpôd; see ℵpd in Semitic roots.]

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From Classical Hebrew. This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology.

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