chlamys

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chlamys a short mantle or cape fastened at the shoulder; worn by men in ancient Greece
    • n chlamys collective term for the outer parts of a flower consisting of the calyx and corolla and enclosing the stamens and pistils
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chlamys A loose and flowing outer garment, worn by the ancient Greeks; a kind of cloak.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chlamys In ancient Greek costume, a form of mantle which left both arms free, worn especially by equestrians, hunters, and travelers, and by soldiers. The chlamys, which was much smaller than the himation, consisted of an oblong piece of stuff having three straight sides and one long side curved outward. It was worn by bringing the two ends of the straight side opposite the curved side together around the neck, and fastening them with a buckle or fibula. The buckle was pulled around to the front, to either shoulder, or to the back, to suit the convenience of the wearer. The extremities of the curved side were weighted so as to hang vertically; and when the chlamys was caught together on one shoulder, as it was commonly worn, these hanging ends were likened to wings by the old writers. The paludamentum of the later Roman emperors was called chlamys by the Greeks.
    • n chlamys A purple cope; one of the pontifical vestments.
    • n chlamys In zoology: A genus of phytophagous beetles, of the family Chrysomelidæ or Cryptocephalidæ, covered with tuberosities, having the prothorax grooved to receive the short antennæ; and the legs compressed and retractile into cavities. The larvæ live in sacs or cases made of their own excrement. The North American species are few in number and of small size.
    • n chlamys A genus of bivalve mollusks: synonymous with
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chlamys klā′mis an ancient Greek short cloak or mantle for men: a purple cope: a genus of phytophagous beetles.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., from Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.

Usage

In literature:

He, too, had a chlamys, such as she had formerly seen on another.
"Arachne, Complete" by Georg Ebers
At times he wore the purple chlamys and girded on a sword: again he assumed dark colored clothing.
"Dio's Rome, Volume V., Books 61-76 (A.D. 54-211)" by Cassius Dio
Many would have bought the chlamys, but there was something less saleable in the child and flowers.
"The Glory of English Prose" by Stephen Coleridge
The body, clothed in the chlamys, is awkwardly shapen, and too narrow for the head.
"Manual Of Egyptian Archaeology And Guide To The Study Of Antiquities In Egypt" by Gaston Camille Charles Maspero
Do you remember how Socrates says he felt when the chlamys blew aside and showed him the limbs of Charmides?
"Oscar Wilde, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Frank Harris
He is standing, half clothed with the chlamys, by a horse.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
He is standing, half clothed with the chlamys, by a horse.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Has Athens asked every one to wear the chlamys?
"The Napoleon of Notting Hill" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
But beneath the purple chlamys poor little Olive still trembled and grieved.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
He is either undraped, or wears merely the light cloak called the chlamys.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
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In poetry:

Where the black woods grow sparse and die,
A giant broods against the sky.
The storm his chlamys, and his head
Bent to the spirits of the dead.
"The Watcher" by Mary Webb