calotte

calotte

[kuh-lot]
noun
2.
skullcap ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1625–35; < French, Middle French: skullcap, perhaps equivalent to Old French cale ribbon for the hair, kind of hat (perhaps from escale shell (see scale1) taken as a deverbal form with es- ex1) + -otte diminutive suffix

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calotte (kəˈlɒt)
 
n
1.  a skullcap worn by Roman Catholic clergy
2.  architect a concavity in the form of a niche or cup, serving to reduce the apparent height of an alcove or chapel
 
[C17: from French, from Provençal calota, perhaps from Greek kaluptra hood]

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