|1.||(formerly) a sandal-like covering for the foot and leg, reaching the calf and usually laced|
|2.||Also called: cothurnus a thick-soled laced half boot resembling this, worn esp by actors of ancient Greece|
|3.||literary chiefly the buskin tragic drama|
|[C16: perhaps from Spanish borzeguí; related to Old French bouzequin, Italian borzacchino, of obscure origin]|
a thick-soled boot worn by actors in ancient Greek tragedies. Because of the association, the term has come to mean tragedy. It is contrasted with sock, which refers to the foot covering worn by actors in comedies. The word is probably a modification of the Middle French brouzequin, "a kind of foot covering."
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