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or byr·rus

[bir-uh s]
noun, plural bir·ri [bir-ahy] /ˈbɪr aɪ/.
  1. a hooded cloak of coarse wool, a common article of apparel in the later Roman Empire.
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Origin of birrus

< Late Latin, perhaps < Celtic *birros short (> Welsh byrr, MIr berr); for sense cf. shirt
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Historical Examples of birrus

  • Such were the birrus (so-called from its red colour), abolla and lacerna.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4