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mortarboard

[ mawr-ter-bawrd, -bohrd ]
/ ˈmɔr tərˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd /
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noun
a board, usually square, used by masons to hold mortar.
Also called cap. a cap with a close-fitting crown surmounted by a stiff, flat, square piece from which a tassel hangs, worn as part of academic costume.
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Origin of mortarboard

First recorded in 1850–55; mortar2 + board
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British Dictionary definitions for mortarboard

mortarboard
/ (ˈmɔːtəˌbɔːd) /

noun
a black tasselled academic cap with a flat square top covered with cloth
Also called: hawk a small square board with a handle on the underside for carrying mortar
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