"don" = to wear; (hence) to bear on the exterior.

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Nov 27 16:01:02 UTC 2008

This came up a couple of months ago. Here's another ex., from a professionally edited source:
Yesterday at http://www.livescience.com/animals/081126-turtle-shell.html:
"In an accompanying Nature article, researchers point to an alternative hypothesis for this partially-protected turtle. They suggest even earlier turtles donned a complete upper and lower shell."

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