From Frenchdaurade, itself borrowed, through the intermediate of an Italian text, from Spanishdorada, partially from Latinaurāta, and influenced by the verb dorar (“gild, give a golden color”); cf. dorado.
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But ill-health and the death of his parents brought him back to his studious life, and in 1675 he entered the cloister of the Congregation of St Maur at La Daurade, Toulouse, taking the vows there on the 13th of May 1676.