- a broad-brimmed hat worn by ancient Greek travelers and hunters, often represented in art as a winged hat worn by Hermes or Mercury.
Also pet·a·sos [pet-uh-suh s, -sos] /ˈpɛt ə səs, -ˌsɒs/.
Origin of petasus
1590–1600; < Latin < Greek pétasos, akin to petannýnai to spread out
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Examples from the Web for petasus
It is the Petasus of Hermes—the mist of morning over the dew.Ariadne Florentina
And one of them had a petasus and a golden caduceus, and the other had a trumpet.
Of motion is often born inspiration—Hermes, god of oratory, is represented with petasus and talaria—and I am enjoying motion.Romantic Spain
John Augustus O'Shea
On his head he wore a petasus of hyacinthine hue, out of which sprang three peacock's feathers.
As messenger of the gods he wears the Petasus and Talaria, and bears in his hand the Caduceus or herald's staff.Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome
petasos (ˈpɛtəsəs, -ˌsɒs)
- a broad-brimmed hat worn by the ancient Greeks, such as one with wings on either side as traditionally worn by Mercury
C16: via Latin from Greek petasos
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