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The robe of fine Milesian texture, was saffron-coloured, with a purple edge.

That which was the body has come to be only the rich fringe of the nation's robe.

He was almost completely enveloped in a robe of softened skins.

He was throwing back the robe to leap from the sleigh when the figure reached him.

One might edge a wall-paper or fringe a robe with a recurring decimal.

Oh, he's too clever, too skilful by far to have taken the robe.

Her night robe lay on the marble grey, And the cold sea-maiden was gone.

She always wore a chain of raindrops for pearls, and a cloud for a robe.

He gathered up his robe and descended to the upper story of the inn.

I don't know what to do, and I'll not spoil my robe to separate you.

WORD ORIGIN

"long, loose outer garment," late 13c., from Old French robe "long, loose outer garment" (12c.), from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German rouba "vestments"), from West Germanic *raubo "booty" (cf. Old High German roub "robbery, breakage"), which also yielded rob (v.).

Presumably the notion is of garments taken from the enemy as spoils, and the Old French word had a secondary sense of "plunder, booty," while Germanic cognates had both senses; e.g. Old English reaf "plunder, booty, spoil; garment, armor, vestment." Meaning "dressing gown" is from 1854. Metonymic sense of "the legal profession" is attested from 1640s.

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