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[sil-is] /ˈsɪl ɪs/
a garment of haircloth formerly worn by monks; a hair shirt.
Origin of cilice
before 950; < Middle French; replacing Old English cilic < Latin cilicium < Greek kilíkion, neuter of kilíkios Cilician, so called because first made of Cilician goathair Unabridged
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  • 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


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

Old English cilic, from Latin cilicium "a covering," a type of coarse garment (used especially by soldiers and sailors), originally one of Cilician goat hair, from Greek kilikion "coarse cloth," from Kilikia "Cilicia" in Asia Minor. By tradition in Greek mythology the place was named for Cilix, a son of the Phoenician king Agenor.

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