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A tall female head-dress, but whether a wig of false hair or an arrangement of draperies, it is not easy to determine. The Cruquian scholiast on the locus classicus of Horace ( Sat. i. 8, 48) gives both explanations, without attempting to decide between them (peplum capitis aut crinis suppositicius seu capillamentum aut galericulus capitisve ornamentum). But galericulus may mean a wig ( Oth. 12, with Casaubon's note); and the humour of the passage is decidedly in favour of this rendering: one of the two old women drops her false teeth in her flight, and the other her false hair.

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    • Horace, Satires, 1.8
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