from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In the Roman Catholic Church, the skullcap of an ecclesiastic, covering the tonsure. That of a priest is black, of a bishop purple, of a cardinal red, and of the Pope white. Also written
- noun A late form of burganet, distinguished by having a movable nasal, hinged cheek-pieces, and an articulated couvre nuque.
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In the afternoon of the same day the newly-created cardinals meet in the pope's apartments, in the antechamger of which the scarlet zucchetta, or skull-cap, is handed to them; thereafter the scarlet biretta is placed by the pope on the head of each.
If the creation of a cardinal takes place outside of Italy, the scarlet zucchetta is sent him by one of the pope's Guardie Nobili (Noble Guards), and the scarlet biretta by a special ablegate.