A kind of helmet without beaver or visor, worn by soldiers in the 16th and 17th centuries.‘The musketeer wore a thick coat of buff leather and a morion but, by c. 1630, would exchange his helmet for a broad-brimmed hat, sometimes with an iron skull cap or ‘secret’ beneath.’
- ‘The pikeman's head was protected by a high combed morion in the Spanish style.’
French, from Spanish morrión, from morro ‘round object’.
A brown or black variety of quartz.‘The central place, occupied by the collection of Giant crystals, consists of unique creations of nature from amethyst, citrine, rose and smoked quartz, mountain crystal, morion, beryl and tour-maline.’
- ‘Later, John de Vere, Earl of Oxford, owned a crystal and silver salt, with a ‘morion’ under the crystal ‘bering up the salt’.’
Mid 18th century from French, from Latin morion, a misreading (in Pliny) for mormorion.