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All from the OED: Cloak: Etymology: < Old French cloke (13th cent. in Littré), cloque, cloche < medieval Latin cloca , clocca , cape worn by horsemen and travellers, the same word as cloke , cloche , bell, so called from its shape. Cloak is thus a doublet of clock n.1 (a timepiece) The arrival in English is therefore direct. Hackle in this meaning ...

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