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dunce's cap

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  1. dunce cap, dunce's cap, fool's capnoun

    a cone-shaped paper hat formerly placed on the head of slow or lazy pupils


  1. dunce's cap

    Dunce is a mild insult in English meaning "a person who is slow at learning or stupid". The etymology given by Richard Stanyhurst is that the word is derived from the name of the Scottish Scholastic theologian and philosopher John Duns Scotus.


  1. dunce's cap

    A dunce's cap is a conical hat, often pointed and typically made of paper, which was traditionally used as a form of humiliation for a person, often a student who had made a mistake or was not learning well. In addition, the term "dunce's cap" can also be metaphorical, referring to someone who is considered stupid or lacking in intelligence.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dunce's cap in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dunce's cap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5


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