Question of the Day for Monday, February 11, 2013
Q. What is the small round skullcap worn by Catholic clergy called?
— Mary Jane Hillman
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:
The small skullcap worn by clerics is called a “zucchetto” (zoo-KET-oh), a name taken (for its shape) from zucca, the Italian word for pumpkin or gourd. Because the zucchetto is often worn under another head covering, it is sometimes called “subbiretum” (“under the biretta”) or, if a bishop wears it beneath his mitre, “submitrale.”
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