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cotta

[kot-uh, kaw-tuh] /ˈkɒt ə, ˈkɔ tə/
noun, Ecclesiastical.
1.
a surplice.
2.
a short surplice, sleeveless or with short sleeves, worn especially by choristers.
Origin of cotta
1840-1850
1840-50; < Medieval Latin, variant of cota kind of tunic. See coat
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cotta

/ˈkɒtə/
noun
1.
(RC Church) a short form of surplice
Word Origin
C19: from Italian: tunic, from Medieval Latin; see coat
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