plural noun
brac·​cae | \ ˈbräˌkī, ˈbraˌkē, -akˌsē \
variants: or less commonly bracae \ ˈbräˌkī , ˈbrāˌsē \

Definition of braccae

: shapeless trousers of wool or skin tied at the waist and ankles by cords worn chiefly by the ancient Gauls

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History and Etymology for braccae

Latin bracae, plural of braca, from Gaulish brāca, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bruoh pair of breeches

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“Braccae.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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