paenula

noun
pae·​nu·​la | \ ˈpēnyələ \
plural paenulae\ -​ˌlē , -​lī \ or paenulas

Definition of paenula

1 : a long sleeveless cloak of ancient Rome usually having a hood and sometimes a front opening
2 : an early form of chasuble

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History and Etymology for paenula

Latin, from Greek phainolē cloak

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“Paenula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paenula. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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