a vestment of linen or lawn, resembling a surplice, worn especially by bishops and abbots.

1350–1400; Middle English < Old French: outer garment < Germanic; compare Old English rocc outer garment Unabridged
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rochet (ˈrɒtʃɪt)
a white surplice with tight sleeves, worn by bishops, abbots, and certain other Church dignitaries
[C14: from Old French, from roc coat, outer garment, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German roc coat]

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