praetexta

praetexta
/pree tek"steuh/, n., pl. praetextae /-tek"stee/.
1. (in ancient Rome) a white toga with a broad purple border, worn by priests and magistrates as an official costume, and by certain other Romans as ceremonial dress.
2. a similar garment worn by a boy until he assumed the toga virilis, or by a girl until she married.
Also, pretexta.
[1595-1605; < L, short for toga praetexta lit., bordered toga. See PRETEXT]

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