One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A kind of helmet without beaver or visor, worn by soldiers in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- ‘The musketeer wore a thick coat of buff leather and a morion but, by c. 1630, would exchange his helmet for a broad-brimmed hat, sometimes with an iron skull cap or ‘secret’ beneath.’
- ‘The pikeman's head was protected by a high combed morion in the Spanish style.’
French, from Spanish morrión, from morro ‘round object’.
A brown or black variety of quartz.
- ‘The central place, occupied by the collection of Giant crystals, consists of unique creations of nature from amethyst, citrine, rose and smoked quartz, mountain crystal, morion, beryl and tour-maline.’
- ‘Later, John de Vere, Earl of Oxford, owned a crystal and silver salt, with a ‘morion’ under the crystal ‘bering up the salt’.’
Mid 18th century: from French, from Latin morion, a misreading (in Pliny) for mormorion.
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