Pronounced: ete-suh-LAY-toe, noun

Notes: Although I’d not run across this word, you may be able to get close to the meaning (as I did)

Yesterday’s word

The word dalmatic refers to “a loose, wide-sleeved outer garment worn by some monarchs at their coronations and by deacons, bishops, etc in some churches”

First usage

This word came into English in the early 1400s

Background / Comments

I thought the word might be related to color-blindness or possibly dogs, but both were far from the mark. The word came from the Old French word dalmatique, which came from the Latin phrase dalmatica vestis (Dalmatian garment). It was called this because these garments were originally made of Dalmatian wool. You may or may not know that Dalmatia was the name of an ancient region along the Adriatic coast (now Croatia). The dogs known as Dalmatians come from this location, so my dog guess, while wrong, wasn’t quite as terribly wrong.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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