Definition of headcap

: the covering leather at the head and foot of the backbone of a hand-covered book shaped over the headbands

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First Known Use of headcap

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of headcap was in 1946

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“Headcap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headcap. Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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