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 Sur’name (2 syl.).Surrey. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Sur’plice (2 syl.).
Over the fur robe. (Latin, super-pellicium.) The clerical robe worn over the bachelor’s ordinary dress, which was anciently made of sheepskin. The ancient Celts and Germans also wore a garment occasionally over their fur skins.   1
        Durandus says: “The garments of the Jewish priesthood were girt tight about them, to signify the bondage of the law; but the surplice of the Christian priest is loose, to signify the freedom of the gospel.

 Sur’name (2 syl.).Surrey. 


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