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peplos

or pep·lus

[pep-luh s]
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noun, plural pep·los·es.
  1. a loose-fitting outer garment worn, draped in folds, by women in ancient Greece.
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Origin of peplos

First recorded in 1770–80, peplos is from the Greek word péplos (masculine)
Related formspep·losed [pep-luh st] /ˈpɛp ləst/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for peplos

Historical Examples

  • And now—now he even raised the hem of her peplos to his lips.

    Arachne, Complete

    Georg Ebers

  • Agar, in peplos and cothurnus, recited the strophes once more.

    An Englishman in Paris

    Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam

  • Her long robe and peplos, of the finest white wool, also gave her an air of distinction which suited the circumstances.

  • Pinza, however, finds here an exact parallel to Hera's peplos in Iliad, xiv.

  • On the frieze of the Parthenon was represented by the scholars of Phidias the procession of the Peplos.

    Ten Great Religions

    James Freeman Clarke


British Dictionary definitions for peplos

peplos

peplus

noun plural -loses or -luses
  1. (in ancient Greece) the top part of a woman's attire, caught at the shoulders and hanging in folds to the waistAlso called: peplum
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Word Origin

C18: from Greek, of obscure origin
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peplos in Medicine

peplos

(pĕpləs, -lŏs′)
n. pl. pep•los•es
  1. The coat or envelope of lipoprotein material that surrounds certain virions.
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