praetexta

noun prae·tex·ta \prēˈtekstə\
variants: less commonly

pretexta

\prēˈtekstə\

Definition of praetexta

plural

praetextae

\-kˌstē\
  1. :  a white robe with a purple border originally worn by an ancient Roman magistrate or priest and later by a Roman boy before he assumed the toga virilis or until about the end of his 14th year and by a girl until marriage

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Origin and Etymology of praetexta

Latin (toga) praetexta, literally, bordered toga, from toga + praetexta, feminine of praetextus bordered, from past participle of praetexere to weave in front, fringe, border — more at pretext


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