Definitions for chlamysˈkleɪ mɪs, ˈklæm ɪs; ˈkleɪ mɪ sɪz, ˈklæm ɪ-; ˈklæm ɪˌdiz
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perianth, chlamys, floral envelope, perigone, perigonium(noun)
collective term for the outer parts of a flower consisting of the calyx and corolla and enclosing the stamens and pistils
a short mantle or cape fastened at the shoulder; worn by men in ancient Greece
A short cloak caught up on the shoulder, worn by hunters, soldiers, and horsemen in Ancient Greece.
Origin: From χλαμύς.
a loose and flowing outer garment, worn by the ancient Greeks; a kind of cloak
Origin: [L., from Gr. .]
The chlamys was an ancient Greek piece of clothing, a type of cloak. The chlamys was made from a seamless rectangle of woolen material about the size of a blanket, usually bordered. It was normally pinned with a fibula at the right shoulder. Originally it was wrapped around the waist like a loincloth, but by the end of the 5th century BC it was worn over the elbows. It could be worn over another item of clothing, but was often the sole item of clothing for young soldiers and messengers, at least in Greek art. As such, the chlamys is the characteristic garment of Hermes, the messenger god usually depicted as a young man. The chlamys was typical Greek military attire from the 5th to the 3rd century BCE. As worn by soldiers, it could be wrapped around the arm and used as a light shield in combat. The chlamys continued into the Byzantine period, when it was often much larger and worn sideways. It was held on with a clasp at the shoulder, and nearly reached the ground at front and back.
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