Elizabethan collar

noun

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: a typically cone-shaped veterinary device of stiff material (such as plastic) placed about the neck of an animal and usually a cat or dog to prevent it from licking, biting, or scratching a wound or injury or to stop obsessive licking or grooming

called also e-collar

Examples of Elizabethan collar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sewed into the dress are large white ruffles which frame her head like an Elizabethan collar, and cascade all the way down to the hem. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 8 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Elizabethan collar was in 1833

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“Elizabethan collar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Elizabethan%20collar. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

Elizabethan collar

noun
Eliz·​a·​be·​than collar i-ˌliz-ə-ˌbē-thən- How to pronounce Elizabethan collar (audio)
: a typically cone-shaped veterinary device of stiff material (such as plastic) placed about the neck of an animal and usually a cat or dog to prevent it from licking, biting, or scratching a wound or injury or to stop obsessive licking or grooming

called also e-collar

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