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liberty cap

noun

  1. a soft, conical cap given to a freed slave in ancient Rome at manumission of his servitude, used as a symbol of liberty, especially since the 18th century.


liberty cap

noun

  1. a cap of soft felt worn as a symbol of liberty, esp during the French Revolution, from the practice in ancient Rome of giving a freed slave such a cap
  2. a poisonous hallucinogenic basidiomycetous fungus, Psilocybe semilanceata, yellowish-brown with a distinctive pointed cap, found in groups in grassland


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Word History and Origins

Origin of liberty cap1

First recorded in 1795–1805

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Example Sentences

At a point a few hundred feet lower on the mountain-side there is a peak known as Liberty Cap.

Peak Success and Liberty Cap are the only two promontories that give trustworthy indication of its former height and strength.

A huge cirque extending up toward Liberty Cap on the western side of the mountain.

With a bursting heart, he snatched off his liberty-cap, threw it in the air, and cried: "Vive la République!"

A few days after, he was arrayed in a little coat and trousers of the Revolutionary red, and a bright red liberty-cap.

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