liberty cap

noun
a soft, conical cap given to a freed slave in ancient Rome at manumission of his servitude, used as a symbol of liberty, especially since the 18th century.
Compare Phrygian cap.


Origin:
1795–1805

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liberty cap
 
n
1.  a cap of soft felt worn as a symbol of liberty, esp during the French Revolution, from the practice in ancient Rome of giving a freed slave such a cap
2.  a poisonous hallucinogenic basidiomycetous fungus, Psilocybe semilanceata, yellowish-brown with a distinctive pointed cap, found in groups in grassland

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Example sentences
The flag hangs from a staff at left which has a liberty cap on its end.
Liberty wears a blue cape and liberty cap, holds a sprig of oak leaves, and is accompanied by an eagle.
Liberty, on the viewer's left, carries the liberty cap on her staff.
Below, a soldier stands with gun and liberty cap in hand, the plow not far away.
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