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ORPHREY

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Originally appearing in Volume V20, Page 329 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ORPHREY, gold or other richly ornamented embroidery, particularly an embroidered border on an ecclesiastical vestment (see VESTMENTS). The word is from O. Fr. orfreis, mod. orfroi, from med. Lat. aurifrisium, aurifrigium, &c., for auriphrygium, 'For Orphism in relation to the EIeusinian and other mysteries see MYSTERY. aurum, gold, and phrygium, Phrygian; a name given to gold-embroidered tissues, also known as Desks Phrygiae, the Phrygians being famous for their skill in embroidering in gold.
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