|1.||any of various hats worn, esp formerly, by women and girls, usually framing the face and tied with ribbons under the chin|
|2.||Also called: bunnet|
|a. a soft cloth cap|
|b. formerly, a flat brimless cap worn by men|
|3.||the hinged metal part of a motor vehicle body that provides access to the engine, or to the luggage space in a rear-engined vehicle|
|4.||a cowl on a chimney|
|5.||nautical a piece of sail laced to the foot of a foresail to give it greater area in light winds|
|6.||(in the US and Canada) a headdress of feathers worn by some tribes of American Indians, esp formerly as a sign of war|
|[C14: from Old French bonet, from Medieval Latin abonnis, of unknown origin]|
|Bonnet (bô-ně') Pronunciation Key
Swiss naturalist who discovered parthenogenesis when he observed that aphid eggs could develop without fertilization. Bonnet was also one of the first scientists to study photosynthesis.
(Heb. peer), Ex. 39:28 (R.V., "head-tires"); Ezek. 44:18 (R.V., "tires"), denotes properly a turban worn by priests, and in Isa. 3:20 (R.V., "head-tires") a head-dress or tiara worn by females. The Hebrew word so rendered literally means an ornament, as in Isa. 61:10 (R.V., "garland"), and in Ezek. 24:17, 23 "tire" (R.V., "head-tire"). It consisted of a piece of cloth twisted about the head. In Ex. 28:40; 29:9 it is the translation of a different Hebrew word (migba'ah), which denotes the turban (R.V., "head-tire") of the common priest as distinguished from the mitre of the high priest. (See MITRE.)
see bee in one's bonnet.