petasus [pet-uh-suh s] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun, plural pet·a·sus·es. a broad-brimmed hat worn by ancient Greek travelers and hunters, often represented in art as a winged hat worn by Hermes or Mercury.

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  • Also pet·a·sos [pet-uh-suh s, -sos] /ˈpɛt ə səs, -ˌsɒs/. Origin of petasus 1590–1600; Latin Greek pétasos, akin to petannýnai to spread out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for petasus Historical Examples of petasus

  • It is the Petasus of Hermes—the mist of morning over the dew.

    Ariadne Florentina

    John Ruskin

  • And one of them had a petasus and a golden caduceus, and the other had a trumpet.

    The Deipnosophists, or Banquet of the Learned of Athenus


  • Of motion is often born inspiration—Hermes, god of oratory, is represented with petasus and talaria—and I am enjoying motion.

    Romantic Spain

    John Augustus O’Shea

  • On his head he wore a petasus of hyacinthine hue, out of which sprang three peacock’s feathers.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, May 5, 1920


  • As messenger of the gods he wears the Petasus and Talaria, and bears in his hand the Caduceus or herald’s staff.

    Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

    E.M. Berens

  • British Dictionary definitions for petasus petasus petasos (ˈpɛtəsəs, -ˌsɒs) noun a broad-brimmed hat worn by the ancient Greeks, such as one with wings on either side as traditionally worn by Mercury Word Origin for petasus C16: via Latin from Greek petasos Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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