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peplos pep·los (pěp'ləs, -lŏs')
n. pl. pep·los·es
The coat or envelope of lipoprotein material that surrounds certain virions.
garment worn by Greek women during the early Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods (i.e., up to about AD 300). It consisted of a large, rectangular piece of material folded vertically and hung from the shoulders, with a broad overfold. During the early periods, it was belted around the waist, usually beneath the overfold; if the overfold was long, however, the belt was sometimes placed on top of it, as seen in many statues of Athena.