vesture


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vesture \Ves"ture\ (?; 135), n. [OF. vesture, vesteure, F.
   v[^e]ture, LL. vestitura, from L. vestire to clothe, dress.
   See Vest, v. t., and cf. Vestiture.]
   1. A garment or garments; a robe; clothing; dress; apparel;
      vestment; covering; envelope. --Piers Plowman.
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            Approach, and kiss her sacred vesture's hem.
                                                  --Milton.
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            Rocks, precipices, and gulfs, appareled with a
            vesture of plants.                    --Bentley.
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            There polished chests embroidered vestures graced.
                                                  --Pope.
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   2. (O. Eng. Law)
      (a) The corn, grass, underwood, stubble, etc., with which
          land was covered; as, the vesture of an acre.
      (b) Seizin; possession.
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