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MORSE, the ornamented brooch by which a cope is fastened. The usual form is a large circular clasp made of gold or silver and studded with jewels. A i4-century " morse " ornamented with translucent enamel is in the British Museum. The word comes through the O. Fr. mors, from the Lat. morsus, the catch of a buckle, from mordere, to bite.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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