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cilice

[sil-is] /ˈsɪl ɪs/
noun
1.
a garment of haircloth formerly worn by monks; a hair shirt.
2.
Origin
950
before 950; < Middle French; replacing Old English cilic < Latin cilicium < Greek kilíkion, neuter of kilíkios Cilician, so called because first made of Cilician goathair
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Examples for cilice
  • Looking down, he examined the spiked cilice belt clamped around his thigh.
  • Be was not in a dissecting room, but in a doctor's cilice j shelves filled with bottles solved the origin of the odors.
British Dictionary definitions for cilice

cilice

/ˈsɪlɪs/
noun
1.
a haircloth fabric or garment
Word Origin
Old English cilic, from Latin cilicium shirt made of Cilician goats' hair, from Greek kilikion, from KilikiaCilicia
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Word Origin and History for cilice
cilice
O.E. cilic, from L. cilicium, from Gk. kilikion "coarse cloth," originally one of Cilician goat hair, from Kilikia "Cilicia" in Asia Minor.
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