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Tippet. A covering for the shoulders, so named from its forming the tip or cape of a garment, or from being worn on the tip or top. The term has not only been applied to a kind of enlarged collar, as it is known now, but also to the long tail of a hood, to the cape of a hood, and even to streamers pendent from the arms. Tippets have varied in size as well as in shape, being sometimes so wide as to almost form a mantle, and at other times so narrow as to be little more than a collar. The tippet in vogue now is simply a long roll of fur or plush, which when accompanied by a muff, forms a set of furs. [See Boa]