Caracalla

[long-mantle ]. Aurelius Antoninus was so called because he adopted the Gaulish caracalla in preference to the Roman toga. It was a large, close-fitting, hooded mantle, reaching to the heels, and slit up before and behind to the waist. Aurelius was himself born in Gaul, called Caracal in Ossian. (See Curtmantle.)

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