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pretexta

[pree-tek-stuh]
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noun, plural pre·tex·tae [pree-tek-stee] /priˈtɛk sti/.
  1. praetexta.
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praetexta

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[pree-tek-stuh]
noun, plural prae·tex·tae [pree-tek-stee] /priˈtɛk sti/.
  1. (in ancient Rome) a white toga with a broad purple border, worn by priests and magistrates as an official costume, and by certain other Romans as ceremonial dress.
  2. a similar garment worn by a boy until he assumed the toga virilis, or by a girl until she married.
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Origin of praetexta

1595–1605; < Latin, short for toga praetexta literally, bordered toga. See pretext
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