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The pouch on the gown of an M.D., designed for carrying drugs. The coif of a serjeant-at-law, designed for concealing the tonsure.

The lamb-skin on a B A hood, in imitation of the toga candida of the Romans. The strings of an Oxford undergraduate, to show the wearer is still in leading strings. At Cambridge, however, the strings are the mark of a graduate who has won his ribbons.

The tippet on a barrister's gown, meant for a wallet to carry briefs in. The proctors' and pro-proctors' tippet, for papers- a sort of sabretache.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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