n. pl. re·ba·tos
A stiff flaring collar wired to stand up at the back of the head, worn by men and women in the 1500s and early 1600s.
[Obsolete French rebateau, alteration of French rabat, from Old French, from rabattre, to turn down again, reduce; see REBATE1.]
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