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tonsure (noun) shaving of the head.

A clean shaving of the head, especially for religious purposes is a tonsure. There is the practice, in many religions, of people offering their hair at places of religious importance. Pilgrims to the holy Hindu shrine of Tirupathi in South India have invariably a tonsure. They shave off their heads clean.

  • He had to have a tonsure before entering the new religion. He had a clean-shaven head indicating his joining the new religion.
  • In the process of having a tonsure, he had a few razor scratches on his head. With the head clean-shaven, the bleeding from the head could be clearly seen.
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