Etymology: Probably from the word "casaque" which means cloak; or "cassaca", which means white. In older days, it was known in Latin as vestis talaris.
- An item of clerical clothing, is a long, sheath-like, close-fitting, ankle-length robe worn by clergy members of some Christian denominations. The cassock derives ultimately from the tunic that was formerly worn underneath the toga in classical antiquity.
- The has its origin in the barbarian caracalla, a robe favoured by the Roman emperor Bassianus (reigned 211-217), who came to be known as Caracalla because of the garment he habitually wore. Copyright 1994-1998 Encyclopaedia Britannica CD 98 Multimedia Edition
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