One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The skin of an animal (usually a fawn), especially as worn by Dionysus and his votaries.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Jacob Bryant (bap. 1717, d. 1804), antiquary and classical scholar. From classical Latin nebris a fawn-skin worn by Bacchus and his votaries, or its etymon ancient Greek νεβρίς from νεβρός fawn, of uncertain origin + -ις.
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