), or BURRUS, a
cloak or cape furnished with a hood; a heavy, coarse garment for use in bad
weather. (Burmann, Anth. Lat.
ii. p. 407; Cod. Theod. 14.10,
1.) Its material was stiff (birrum rigentem--fluentem
Sulp. Sev. Dial.
1.14), with a long
nap--usually wool, sometimes beaver (Claud. Epigr.
word is used as a synonym of lacerna
Pers. 1.54), of cucullus
), of sagum
16.11, ed. Waddington;
with note of Salmasius). Waddington (l.c.
to regard it as a word of barbarous origin, rather than to suppose that it
is connected with πυρρός
p. 550), on account of the red colour
of the wool. The spelling byrrus
is rare in MSS. In
Diocletian's Edict (l.c.
) we read of βίρροι
made not of coarse materials, but of the
more costly Laodicean and Nervian wools.