dunce cap

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dunce cap

also dunce's cap (dŭn′sĭz)
A cone-shaped paper cap, formerly placed on the head of a slow or lazy pupil. Also called fool's cap.
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dunce cap


dunce's cap

(Education) a conical paper hat, formerly placed on the head of a dull child at school
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(or dunce′'s) cap`,

a tall cone-shaped hat formerly worn by slow or lazy students as a punishment.
Also called fool's cap.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dunce cap - a cone-shaped paper hat formerly placed on the head of slow or lazy pupilsdunce cap - a cone-shaped paper hat formerly placed on the head of slow or lazy pupils
chapeau, hat, lid - headdress that protects the head from bad weather; has shaped crown and usually a brim
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