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peplus

[pep-luh s]
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noun, plural pep·lus·es.
  1. peplos.
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peplos

or pep·lus

[pep-luh s]
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 peplus

Historical Examples

  • "That were easy to tell," Nigidia murmured over the end of the peplus she held.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales

    C. Bryson Taylor

  • There was no garment, like a cloak, to be worn over the peplus.

    Greek Women

    Mitchell Carroll

  • The Peplus was covered with embroidery worked by virgins of the noblest families in Athens.

  • Is it a question of classical dress—what a tunic was like, or a chlamys, or a peplus?

  • As the peplus was open at the sides, the girdle was the second most important article of feminine attire.

    Greek Women

    Mitchell Carroll


British Dictionary definitions for peplus

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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peplus 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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