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mandorla

/mænˈdɔːlə/
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1.
(in painting, sculpture, etc) an almond-shaped area of light, usually surrounding the resurrected Christ or the Virgin at the Assumption Also called vesica
Word Origin
from Italian, literally: almond, from Late Latin amandula; see almond
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