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 (ĕf′ŏd′, ē′fŏd′)
A vestment worn by ancient Hebrew priests.

[Middle English, from Late Latin, from Hebrew 'ēpôd; see ʔpd in Semitic roots.]
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(Clothing & Fashion) Old Testament an embroidered vestment believed to resemble an apron with shoulder straps, worn by priests in ancient Israel
[C14: from Hebrew ēphōdh]
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(ˈɛf ɒd, ˈi fɒd)

a richly embroidered vestment worn by the Jewish high priest.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin < Hebrew ēphōd]
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The front door opened slowly, to show the hound, his nose white with milk, in charge of an ancient of days clad in a blue linen ephod curiously gathered on breast and shoulders.
They had carried the priesthood of all believers to its illogical conclusions through actions that had transformed "stables into Temples, Stalls into Quires, Shopboards into Communion Tables, Tubs into Pulpits, Aprons into Linen Ephods, and Mechanics of the lowest rank into Priests of the high places." (28) Featley gratefully acknowledged that most seventeenth-century English women and men accepted their cultural location and adhered to the appropriate social boundaries.