• WordNet 3.6
    • n tunicate primitive marine animal having a saclike unsegmented body and a urochord that is conspicuous in the larva
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The kilt was invented by a English gentleman who came to Scotland to open a factory because he got tired of his Scottish workers showing up in a long tunic with a belt (they couldn't afford pants). Rather than raise wages so they could afford pants he invented the kilt which is just a lot of fabric and they could afford that. The kilt did not become a symbol of clan pride until the English banned the kilt in Scotland. Then it became part of national pride to wear the newly invented clan plaids.
    • Tunicate (Bot) Covered with a tunic; covered or coated with layers; as, a tunicated bulb.
    • Tunicate (Zoöl) Having a tunic, or mantle; of or pertaining to the Tunicata.
    • Tunicate (Zoöl) Having each joint buried in the preceding funnel-shaped one, as in certain antennæ of insects.
    • pr. n Tunicate (Zoöl) One of the Tunicata.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tunicate In zoology, coated; covered with tunics or integuments; specifically, enveloped in membranous integuments or tunics, as an ascidian; of or pertaining to the Tunicata; tunicated.
    • tunicate In entomology, covered one by another, like a set of thimbles, as the joints of some antennæ.
    • tunicate In botany, covered with a tunic or membrane; coated.
    • n tunicate A tunic.
    • n tunicate An ascidian, tunicary, or sea-squirt; any member of the Tunicata.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Tunicate (bot.) covered with a tunic or with layers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tunicatus, p. p. of tunicare, to clothe with a tunic, fr. tunica, a tunic
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. tunique—L. tunica, an under-garment of both sexes.


In literature:

Count Bismarck wore the uniform of the White Cuirassiers, white tunic, white cap, and yellow band.
"Bismarck and the Foundation of the German Empire" by James Wycliffe Headlam
He also wore another trailing tunic of feminine design.
"De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
The usual dress is of coarse dark cloth, and consists of a tunic, trowsers, and gaiters.
"Far Off" by Favell Lee Mortimer
Your tunics are wrought of gold; he had not the raiment of your meanest slave.
"A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart
Dinky was still inside my tunic, and I laid the luck all to him.
"A Yankee in the Trenches" by R. Derby Holmes
The under-tunic was now becoming a petticoat and the over-tunic a dress.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Presently I shook myself out of my tunic, and was more free.
"A King's Comrade" by Charles Whistler
She has birds' wings upon her sandals, and her tunic is of the colour of green corn.
"Miscellanies" by Oscar Wilde
A tunic of red silk enhanced the dusk of her face, her arms and her bare feet.
"Atlantida" by Pierre Benoit
Put on your crimson tunic and flowers in your hair and go to the palace.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien

In poetry:

Seven attendants round him vying,
In a lighter vesture plying,
Four with skirts, and other three
Tunic'd short from waist to knee.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Shall gods be said to thump the clouds
When clouds are cursed by thunder,
Be said to weep when weather howls?
Shall rainbows be their tunics' colour?
"Shall gods be said to thump the clouds" by Dylan Thomas
What do you sell O ye merchants ?
Richly your wares are displayed.
Turbans of crimson and silver,
Tunics of purple brocade,
Mirrors with panels of amber,
Daggers with handles of jade.
"In The Bazaars of Hyderabad" by Sarojini Naidu
He wore twin stripes of gold upon
And empty tunic sleeve;
His eyes were blue, his face so young
One hardly cold believe
That he had seen the death and hate
That make the whole world grieve.
"The Kitchener Chap" by Anonymous British
"Oh! there's Sir Henry Dudster! Such a splendid leader!
How pleased he looks! What rows of ribbons on his tunic!
Such dignity…. Saluting…. (Wave your flag… now, Freda!)…
Yes, dear, I saw a Prussian General once,-at Munich.
"Return Of The Heroes" by Siegfried Sassoon
His hair was like a yellow flame about the bloated face,
The blood had stained his tunic from the fatal arrow-place.
Not good to look upon was he, in life, nor yet when dead.
The driver of the cart drove on, and never turned his head.
"The Death of William Rufus" by Robert Fuller Murray

In news:

This show, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, features some 30 tunics, including one from Peru, above, from A.D 800 to 850.
Get the Festival Girl look with Free People s sleeveless eyelet tunic, $108, in ivory.
Free People 's range includes dresses, tunics, sweaters, shorts, skirts, shoes and denim, as well its own in-house labels, vintage collections and a vegan leather shop.
Silk applique bib tunic, Falls, $218.
Chef Craig Koketsu's kitchen tunic is never-before-seen seersucker.
WHAT SHE WORE Biel walked the red carpet for the New York premiere of Hitchcock in Oscar de la Renta's beaded tunic and pants.
There was a time, not so long ago, when "edgy" theater produced by young thespians in tiny black boxes was a hit-or-miss proposition, often involving tunics and more than a little angry posturing.
Tunic sweater continues to be popular.
The tunic style has been popular for a couple of seasons.
Mock us if you must, but we've always been suckers for running around pretend forests while wearing green skirt-tunics and imagining we're pointy-eared, boy heroes.
Published Sunday, Oct 21, 2012, at 8:36 p.m. A tie-dye tunic paired with sparkling baubles is a playful paradox.
A tie-dye tunic paired with sparkling baubles is a playful paradox.
Tie-dye tunic by T Party, $65.
Muslim cloth tunics will be on hand in all sizes if you need a little help getting in character.
This show, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, features some 30 tunics , including one from Peru, above, from A.D 800 to 850.