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[pet-uh-suh s] /ˈpɛt ə səs/
noun, plural petasuses.
a broad-brimmed hat worn by ancient Greek travelers and hunters, often represented in art as a winged hat worn by Hermes or Mercury.
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[pet-uh-suh s, -sos] /ˈpɛt ə səs, -ˌsɒs/ (Show IPA)
1590-1600; < Latin < Greek pétasos, akin to petannýnai to spread out Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for petasos


a broad-brimmed hat worn by the ancient Greeks, such as one with wings on either side as traditionally worn by Mercury
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C16: via Latin from Greek petasos
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wide-brimmed hat with a conical crown worn in ancient Greece. The petasos worn by men had a rather low crown, while that worn by women had a tall one.

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