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- the outermost liturgical vestment worn by clergy for celebrating Eucharist or Mass
*1936: he's quaky and qualmy and queasy and teasy; he chews chasubles and ripples rasubly. — Henry Miller, Black Spring
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Chas"u*ble (?), n. [F.
chasuble, LL. casubula, cassibula,
casula, a hooded garment, covering the person like a
little house; cf. It. casupola, casipola, cottage,
dim of L. casa cottage.] (Eccl.) The outer
vestment worn by the priest in saying Mass, consisting, in the
Roman Catholic Church, of a broad, flat, back piece, and a
narrower front piece, the two connected over the shoulders only.
The back has usually a large cross, the front an upright bar or
pillar, designed to be emblematical of Christ's sufferings. In
the Greek Church the chasuble is a large round mantle.
[Written also chasible, and chesible.]
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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