|1.||in certain religions and monastic orders|
|a. the shaving of the head or the crown of the head only|
|b. the part of the head left bare by shaving|
|c. the state of being shaven thus|
|2.||(tr) to shave the head of|
|[C14: from Latin tōnsūra a clipping, from tondēre to shave]|
in various religions, a ceremony of initiation in which hair is clipped from the head as part of the ritual marking one's entrance into a new stage of religious development or activity
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