plural amphibali
: chasuble
also : a vestment resembling the chasuble worn by the Gallican clergy prior to the 9th century

Word History


Medieval Latin, from Late Latin amphibalus, amphibalum cloak, probably irregular from Greek amphiballein to put around, throw around

First Known Use

circa 1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amphibalus was circa 1857

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“Amphibalus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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