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Hoods (Anglo-Saxon hõd)

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Black silk without lining:—M.A. Cambridge, non Regius (abolished 1858); B.D. Cambridge, Oxford, Dublin.

Black stuff, with broad white fur trimming:—B.A. or LL.B. Cambridge.

Black corded silk, with narrow white fur trimming:—B.A. Oxford.

Black silk hood, with lining:—With white silk lining, M.A. Cambridge; with dark red silk lining, M.A. Oxford; with dark blue silk lining, Dublin; with russet-brown lining, M.A. London.

Blue silk hood, with white fur trimming, B.C.L. Oxford.

Brown (silk or stuff) hood, edged with russet-brown, B.A. London.

Scarlet cloth hood:—Lined with crimson silk, D.C.L. Oxford; lined with pink silk, D.C.L. Dublin; lined with pink silk, D.D. Cambridge; lined with black silk, D.D. Oxford; lined with light cherry-coloured silk, LL.D. Cambridge.

Scarlet cashmere hood:—Lined with silk, D.D. Dublin:—Lined with white silk, D.C.L. Durham.

Violet hoods are St. Andrew’s.

⁂ The longer the hood the higher the degree; thus, a bachelor’s hood only reaches to the thighs, but a doctor’s hood reaches to the heels.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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