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- tunick (obsolete)
Borrowed from Middle French tunique, from Latin tunica, possibly from Semitic; see also Aramaic [script needed] (kittuna), Hebrew כותנת (kuttoneth, “coat”); or from Etruscan. Existed in Old English as tunece; unknown if term was lost and then reborrowed later.
tunic (plural tunics)
- A garment worn over the torso, with or without sleeves, and of various lengths reaching from the hips to the ankles.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess:
- As soon as Julia returned with a constable, Timothy, who was on the point of exhaustion, prepared to give over to him gratefully. The newcomer turned out to be a powerful youngster, fully trained and eager to help, and he stripped off his tunic at once.
- (anatomy, botany) Any covering, such as seed coat or the organ that covers a membrane.
- 2015, Charlie Nardozzi, New England Month-by-Month Gardening: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year, Cool Springs Press, →ISBN, page 132:
- Select individual bulbs that are firm and have no noticeable blemishes on them. Don't worry about the papery covering or tunic. That may or may not be in place, […]
any covering, such as seed coat or the organ that covers a membrane
- ^ The American Journal of Semitic Languages and Literatures, Volume 18
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