One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A hat with a low crown and broad brim, worn in ancient Greece.
- ‘Due to a condition I have with my eyes, I have to wear a wide brimmed hat at all times. For this reason, I went in search for an accurate straw petasus hat that I could wear while doing Roman events.’
- 1.1Greek Mythology A winged petasus worn by the god Hermes.
- ‘In the copy the god is shown without Hermes's petasus and his attribute had to be changed to conform with Pliny's description of the statue by Euphranor.’
- ‘Hermes, with the petasus on his head, in a threatening attitude and with clenched fists, seems animated by a violent passion of anger or concupiscence.’
Via Latin from Greek petasos.
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