noun anab·a·ta \əˈnabətə\

Definition of anabata



  1. :  a hooded cope worn especially in outdoor processions in the Eastern Church

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Origin and Etymology of anabata

New Greek, from Medieval Latin anabata, anabala, probably modification of Greek anabolē cloak, from anaballein to put on (also, to lift or throw up, delay), from ana- + ballein to throw — more at devil

First Known Use: circa 1829

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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