zucchetti

zucchetto

[zoo-ket-oh; Italian tsook-ket-taw]
noun, plural zucchettos Italian, zucchetti [tsook-ket-tee] .
a small, round skullcap worn by Roman Catholic ecclesiastics, a priest's being black, a bishop's violet, a cardinal's red, and the pope's white; calotte.

Origin:
1850–55; < Italian, variant of zucchetta, diminutive of zucca gourd, head, perhaps < pre-Indo-European *tjukka gourd

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zucchetto (tsuːˈkɛtəʊ, suː-, zuː-)
 
n , pl -tos
RC Church a small round skullcap worn by certain ecclesiastics and varying in colour according to the rank of the wearer, the Pope wearing white, cardinals red, bishops violet, and others black
 
[C19: from Italian, from zucca a gourd, head, from Late Latin cucutia gourd, probably from Latin cucurbita]

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zucchetto
1853, from It. zucchetta "a cap," originally dim. of zucca "gourd, head," perhaps from L.L. cucutia, of unknown origin.
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