1. A covering for the shoulders, as of fur, with long ends that hang in front.
2. A long stole worn by members of the Anglican clergy.
3. A long hanging part, as of a sleeve, hood, or cape.
4. The thinnest end of a tapered fly-fishing leader.
[Middle English tipet, perhaps from tip, tip of an object.]
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