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zucchetto

[zoo-ket-oh; Italian tsook-ket-taw] /zuˈkɛt oʊ; Italian tsukˈkɛt tɔ/
noun, plural zucchettos Italian, zucchetti
[tsook-ket-tee] /tsukˈkɛt ti/ (Show IPA)
1.
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 of zucchetto
1850-1855
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-/
noun (pl) -tos
1.
(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
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, from zucca a gourd, head, from Late Latin cucutia gourd, probably from Latin cucurbita
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Word Origin and History for zucchetto
n.

1853, from Italian zucchetta "a cap," originally diminutive of zucca "gourd, head," perhaps from Late Latin cucutia, of unknown origin.

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