MITRE KJV term for a type of headdress, probably a turban (compare the related verb at Isaiah 22:18). The mitre formed part of the high priest's garments (Exodus 28:4,Exodus 28:36-39) and was required dress on the day of atonement (Leviticus 16:4). Priests were prohibited from showing signs of mourning such as dishevelled hair (Ezekiel 24:17; Leviticus 21:10). They perhaps wore turbans whenever they went out. In Zechariah 3:5 the high priest Joshua received a clean mitre as a sign of the restoration of the priesthood.
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