from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fawn-skin; specifically, in ancient Greek and affiliated art and ceremonial, the skin of a fawn or of a similar animal, as a kid, worn as a special attribute by Dionysus or Bacchus and his attendant train (Pan, the satyrs, the mænads, etc.), and assumed on festival occasions by priests and priestesses of Bacchus, and by his votaries generally.
  • noun A genus of sciænoid fishes found on both coasts of tropical America.


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From Latin nebris, from Ancient Greek νεβρίς, earlier νεβρός ("fawn").


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  • n., The skin of an animal (usually a fawn), esp. as worn by Dionysus and his votaries (either fr. classical Latin nebris, a fawn-skin worn by Bacchus and his votaries, or its etymon in ancient Greek).

    September 1, 2008

  • When Lev asked me to come to de bris

    I thought I would wear my nebris

    But that hamfisted mohel

    (An ignorant yokel)

    Got it spattered with bloody debris.

    April 15, 2009