Main definitions of morion in US English:

: morion1morion2

morion1

noun

  • A kind of helmet without beaver or visor, worn by soldiers in the 16th and 17th centuries.

    • ‘The pikeman's head was protected by a high combed morion in the Spanish style.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

French, from Spanish morrión, from morro ‘round object’.

Pronunciation

morion

/ˈmôrēən//ˈmɔriən/

Main definitions of morion in US English:

: morion1morion2

morion2

noun

  • A brown or black variety of quartz.

    • ‘Later, John de Vere, Earl of Oxford, owned a crystal and silver salt, with a ‘morion’ under the crystal ‘bering up the salt’.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from French, from Latin morion, a misreading (in Pliny) for mormorion.

Pronunciation

morion

/ˈmôrēən//ˈmɔriən/