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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Via Latin from Greek petasos.
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