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A linen shirt worn next to the skin, is first mentioned in the fourth century by St. Jerome ( Ep. 64, n. 11), from whom we learn that the word was used in the popular language, and that in his time the camisia was worn by soldiers. It is also mentioned by Isidorus, and by Paulus ( Fest. s. v. supparus, p. 311, M.), who gives it as the equivalent of the older word subucula. From the word camisia comes the French chemise.

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