It has been clear for many years that a standard, clear, terminology for describing academic robes is needed. Universities and colleges use very imprecise terms, and different institutions will use the same term with different meanings. A standard terminology should enable a gown or hood to be drawn accurately from its description, exactly as an heraldic blazon enables a coat-of-arms to be drawn. [Excerpt].
Groves, Nicholas (2001) "Towards a Standard Terminology for Describing Academic Dress," Transactions of the Burgon Society: Vol. 1.
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