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  • n. A fillet of white wool, worn on the head by ancient Roman priests
  • n. A head covering worn by early Christian priests
  • n. A ribbon on a bishop's mitre

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sort of fillet worn by dignitaries, priests, and others among the ancient Romans. It was generally white.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Rom, antiq., a flock of white and red wool, drawn into the form of a wreath or fillet, worn on the head on solemn occasions, as by priests and vestals, and bound to the head of sacrificial victims.
  • n. Eccles.: In the ancient church, a head-covering of Christian priests or bishops.
  • n. In medieval times, a chasuble.
  • n. One of the two lappets of a miter. Formerly called fanon.
  • n. In heraldry:
  • n. A cap or head-dress used as a bearing. Many different forms have been used.
  • n. One of the ribbons of a miter or of the electoral crown, generally represented as fringed.


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