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Pelisse (Pe-Lece'). [From French pelisse, a skin of fur] A garment, according to its name, that should be fashioned out of prepared skins, on which the hair has been preserved; a fur coat. In this country it is a long cloak of silk or other materials, either with or without fur, worn by women. The French from whom the term is imported, consider a lining, or at least trimmings, of fur as a necessary constituent of the pelisse; but in this country pelisses are often made even without any trimming whatever. The ecclesiastical surplice is connected with this garment. Monks formerly having to attend early services at all times of the year in cold churches were permitted to wear "pellicas", coats of skin. A synod in the year 1200 held in London restricted the monks to the use of lamb and fox skins, with a view of preventing a spread of luxury in dress. The pelisses of these light skins in time beeame worn and unsightly and were then covered with a linen tunic during divine service. These were styled super-pelice, which by an easy transition became surplice.