Infula

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Infula A sort of fillet worn by dignitaries, priests, and others among the ancient Romans. It was generally white.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n infula In Rom, antiq., a flock of white and red wool, drawn into the form of a wreath or fillet, worn on the head on solemn occasions, as by priests and vestals, and bound to the head of sacrificial victims. Brides also carried wool on a distaff, which they twisted into an infula and fixed upon the husband's door on entering his house.
    • n infula Eccles.: In the ancient church, a head-covering of Christian priests or bishops.
    • n infula In medieval times, a chasuble.
    • n infula One of the two lappets of a miter. Formerly called fanon.
    • n infula In heraldry:
    • n infula A cap or head-dress used as a bearing. Many different forms have been used.
    • n infula One of the ribbons of a miter or of the electoral crown, generally represented as fringed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Infula in′fū-la a white-and-red fillet or band of woollen stuff, worn upon the forehead, as a sign of religious consecration and of inviolability: a lappet in a mitre
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

Labentem pietas, nec Apollinis infula texit.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
The cap-shaped Helvella, H. infula.
"Among the Mushrooms" by Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin
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