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  • n. An upper garment worn by women in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.
  • n. A kind of kerchief formerly worn by women in England.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An upper garment worn by Grecian and Roman women.
  • n. A kind of kerchief formerly worn by Englishwomen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as peplum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a garment worn by women in ancient Greece; cloth caught at the shoulders and draped in folds to the waist


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Latin, from Ancient Greek.


  • Euphorbia peplus, generally called milk weed in Oz (but a different plant to what the Euros and Americans call milk weed), is supposed to be great for sunspots and some kinds of carcinoma.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Wish I’d taken a photo.

  • And if by these means he be freed from the pain, it is enough; but if not, give him the white meconium (Euphorbia peplus?), or, if not it, any other phlegmagogue medicine.

    On Fistulae

  • But what god shall be its patron? for whom shall we weave the peplus?

    The Birds

  • That's to thank me for the peplus I offered to her; good.

    The Knights

  • Let us sing the glory of our forefathers; ever victors, both on land and sea, they merit that Athens, rendered famous by these, her worthy sons, should write their deeds upon the sacred peplus.

    The Knights

  • Panathenaic procession which once every four years wound up the hill, bearing the sacred peplus to the temple of the goddess.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 23, February, 1873

  • [77] At the Panathenaea, a festival held every fourth year, a peplus, or sail, was carried with pomp to the Acropolis.

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 1

  • The heroine, who wore her gown as though it were a Greek peplus, with arm uplifted, and head lowered, was nothing else but Antigone, and she smiled with a smile of eternal sacrifice, carefully modulating the lower notes of her beautiful contralto voice.

    Jean Christophe: in Paris The Market-Place, Antoinette, the House

  • And thus in beneath the massy pediment, in through the wide-flung doors, floated the peplus, while under its guardian shadow walked Hermione.

    A Victor of Salamis

  • After her came the makers of the peplus, and Hermione rejoined her husband.

    A Victor of Salamis


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