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 for To take the veil
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Veil \Veil\ (v[=a]l), n. [OE. veile, OF. veile, F. voile, L.
     velum a sail, covering, curtain, veil, probably fr. vehere to
     bear, carry, and thus originally, that which bears the ship
     on. See Vehicle, and cf. Reveal.] [Written also vail.]
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     1. Something hung up, or spread out, to intercept the view,
        and hide an object; a cover; a curtain; esp., a screen,
        usually of gauze, crape, or similar diaphnous material, to
        hide or protect the face.
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              The veil of the temple was rent in twain. --Matt.
                                                    xxvii. 51.
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              She, as a veil down to the slender waist,
              Her unadorn['e]d golden tresses wore. --Milton.
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     2. A cover; a disguise; a mask; a pretense.
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              [I will] pluck the borrowed veil of modesty from the
              so seeming Mistress Page.             --Shak.
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     3. (Bot.)
        (a) The calyptra of mosses.
        (b) A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a
            mushroom with the stalk; -- called also velum.
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     4. (Eccl.) A covering for a person or thing; as, a nun's
        veil; a paten veil; an altar veil.
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     5. (Zool.) Same as Velum, 3.
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     To take the veil (Eccl.), to receive or be covered with, a
        veil, as a nun, in token of retirement from the world; to
        become a nun.
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