from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A coarse haircloth garment worn next to the skin by religious ascetics as penance.
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- n. Alternative of hairshirt.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a shirt, or a band for the loins, made of horsehair, and worn as a penance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an uncomfortable shirt made of coarse animal hair; worn next to the skin as a penance
- adj. self-sacrificing or austere
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