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 Coat of Arms.Coats, Hosen, and Hats (Dan. iii, 21). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Coat of many Colours. (Gen. xxxvii. 3).
Harmer, in his Observations (vol. ii. p. 386), informs us that “many colours” in this connection does not mean striped, flowered embroidered, or “printed” with several colours, but having “divers pieces of different colours sewed together” in patchwork. The Hebrew word is passeem. In 2 Sam. xiii. 18 we are told that king’s daughters wore a garment of many colours or divers pieces. Dr. Adam Clarke says that similar garments “are worn by persons of distinction in Persia, India, and some parts of China to the present day.” The great offence was this: Jacob was a sheik, and by giving Joseph a “prince’s robe” he virtually announced him his heir. (See DIVERS COLOURS.)   1

 Coat of Arms.Coats, Hosen, and Hats (Dan. iii, 21). 

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