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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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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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