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Borrowed from Late Latin birrus (a kind of cloak), from Gaulish *birros, from Proto-Celtic *birros (short).


birrus (plural birruses)

  1. A coarse kind of thick woollen cloth, worn by the poor in the Middle Ages.
  2. A woollen cap or hood worn over the shoulders or head.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for birrus in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)