bambakion

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Byzantine Greek βαμβάκιον.

Noun[edit]

bambakion (plural bambakions)

  1. (historical) A type of padded under-garment, worn under armour, especially by Byzantine troops.
    • 2007, Michael Chabon, Gentlemen of the Road, Sceptre 2008, p. 4:
      In his quilted gray bambakion with its frayed hood, worn over a ragged white tunic, there was a hint of service in the armies of Byzantium, while the brass eyelets on the straps of his buskins suggested a sojourn in the West.