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cowl a large loose hood, especially one forming part of a monk's habit. Recorded from Old English (in form cugele, cūle) the word comes from ecclesiastical Latin cuculla, from Latin cucullus ‘hood of a cloak’.
the cowl does not make the monk appearance is no reliable guide to a person's true character (an element of deliberate deception is also sometimes implied). The saying is recorded from the late 14th century, but the 13th-century Ancrene Wisse has the related comment, ‘Her in is religiun, nawt i the wide hod ne i the blake cape.’

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cowl / koul/ • n. a large loose hood, esp. one forming part of a monk's habit. ∎  a monk's hooded, sleeveless habit. ∎  a cloak with wide sleeves worn by members of Benedictine orders. ∎  the hood-shaped covering of a chimney or ventilation shaft. ∎  the part of a motor vehicle that supports the windshield and houses the dashboard. ∎ another term for cowling. DERIVATIVES: cowled adj.

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cowl hooded garment worn by religious OE.; hood of the habit or of a cloak XVI; hood-shaped top of a chimney XIX. OE. cug(e)le, cūle, corr. to MLG., MDu. cōghel, OHG. cucula, cugula (G. kugel, kogel) — ecclL. cuculla, f. L. cucullus hood of a cloak. In ME. reinforced by kuuele :- OE. cufle = MLG., MDu. cōvele (Du. keuvel), ON. kofl, kufl, and prob. by (O)F. coule :- ecclL. cuculla.

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cowl. Cap, hood, etc. for covering the open top of a chimney-flue and improving the draught, often with a wind-vane to permit it to rotate.

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cowlafoul, befoul, cowl, foul, fowl, growl, howl, jowl, owl, prowl, Rabaul, scowl, yowl •gamefowl • peafowl • wildfowl •moorfowl • waterfowl

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