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n.1.A long gown or surcoat (cut off in front), worn in the Middle Ages. It was sometimes embroidered or interwoven with gold. Also, a rich stuff from which the gown was made.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
SOUTH of the armory of Westminster Palace lay the gardens, and here, on the third day following the King's affront to De Vac, might have been a seen a blackhaired woman gowned in a violet cyclas, richly embroidered with gold about the yoke and at the bottom of the loose-pointed sleeves, which reached almost to the similar bordering on the lower hem of the garment.
Hosen, shirts, cyclas, and under-jupons are in the brown basket on the left side of the mule.
Lithium and brain adenylate cyclas. Amsterdam: Experta Medica, pp.
Involvement of soluble guanylate cyclas al and a2, and SKCa channels in NANC relaxation of mouse distal colon.
Takahisa Miyatake of Okayama University in Japan got interested in death feigning while researching ideas for wiping out sweet potato weevils (Cyclas formicarius) in Japan's southwestern islands.