Origin of cilice
Examples from the Web for cilice
Cilice, sil′is, n. hair-cloth: a penitential garment made of hair-cloth.
The breastplate and the cilice of bristles she took and dashed with feeble ferocity on the floor.The Cloister and the Hearth
- a haircloth fabric or garment
Word Origin and History for cilice
Old English cilic, from Latin cilicium "a covering," a type of coarse garment (used especially by soldiers and sailors), originally one of Cilician goat hair, from Greek kilikion "coarse cloth," from Kilikia "Cilicia" in Asia Minor. By tradition in Greek mythology the place was named for Cilix, a son of the Phoenician king Agenor.