(from Lat. tondere, to shear). Clipping or shaving part or all of the top of the head as a sacred rite. In RCm it is part of the ceremony admitting a layman to the clerical state. The shaven crown or patch is also called tonsure. Custom circumstances, and other factors determine size and other details.
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