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morion1

[mawr-ee-on, mohr-] /ˈmɔr iˌɒn, ˈmoʊr-/
noun
1.
an open helmet of the 16th and early 17th centuries, worn by common soldiers and usually having a flat or turned-down brim and a crest from front to back.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Middle French < Spanish morrión, equivalent to morr(o) top of head + -ión noun suffix

morion2

[mawr-ee-on, mohr-] /ˈmɔr iˌɒn, ˈmoʊr-/
noun
1.
a variety of smoky quartz of a dark-brown or nearly black color.
Origin
1740-50; < Latin mōrion, misreading of mormorion a kind of crystal
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  • Each one took something from the heap-one a morion, another a rapier, a third a cross-hilted dagger.
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morion1

/ˈmɔːrɪən/
noun
1.
a 16th-century helmet with a brim and wide comb
Word Origin
C16: via Old French from Spanish morrión, perhaps from morra crown of the head

morion2

/ˈmɔːrɪən/
noun
1.
a smoky brown, grey, or blackish variety of quartz, used as a gemstone
Word Origin
C18: via French from Latin mōrion, a misreading of mormorion
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