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[man-tl] /ˈmæn tl/
Mickey (Charles) 1931–95, U.S. baseball player.
(Robert) Burns, 1873–1948, U.S. journalist. Unabridged
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(archaic) a loose wrap or cloak
such a garment regarded as a symbol of someone's power or authority: he assumed his father's mantle
anything that covers completely or envelops: a mantle of snow
a small dome-shaped or cylindrical mesh impregnated with cerium or thorium nitrates, used to increase illumination in a gas or oil lamp
(zoology) Also called pallium
  1. a protective layer of epidermis in molluscs that secretes a substance forming the shell
  2. a similar structure in brachiopods
(ornithol) the feathers of the folded wings and back, esp when these are of a different colour from the remaining feathers
(geology) the part of the earth between the crust and the core, accounting for more than 82% of the earth's volume (but only 68% of its mass) and thought to be composed largely of peridotite See also asthenosphere
a less common spelling of mantel
(anatomy) another word for pallium (sense 3)
a clay mould formed around a wax model which is subsequently melted out
(transitive) to envelop or supply with a mantle
to spread over or become spread over: the trees were mantled with snow
(transitive) (of the face, cheeks) to become suffused with blood; flush
(intransitive) (falconry) (of a hawk or falcon) to spread the wings and tail over food
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin mantellum, diminutive of mantum cloak
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Word Origin and History for mickey mantle



"to wrap in a mantle," early 13c.; figurative use from mid-15c., from mantle (n.) or from Old French manteler. Related: Mantled; mantling.



Old English mentel "loose, sleeveless cloak," from Latin mantellum "cloak" (source of Italian mantello, Old High German mantal, German Mantel, Old Norse mötull), perhaps from a Celtic source. Reinforced and altered 12c. by cognate Old French mantel "cloak, mantle; bedspread, cover" (Modern French manteau), also from the Latin source. Figurative sense "that which enshrouds" is from c.1300. Allusive use for "symbol of literary authority or artistic pre-eminence" is from Elijah's mantle [2 Kings ii:13]. As a layer of the earth between the crust and core (though not originally distinguished from the core) it is attested from 1940.

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mickey mantle in Medicine

mantle man·tle (mān'tl)

  1. A covering layer of tissue.

  2. See pallium.

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mickey mantle in Science
  1. The layer of the Earth between the crust and the core. It is about 2,900 km (1,798 mi) thick and consists mainly of magnesium-iron silicate minerals, such as olivine and pyroxene. It has an upper, partially molten part, which is about 660 km (409 mi) thick, and a lower, solid part. The upper mantle is the source of magma and volcanic lava.

  2. The layer of soft tissue that covers the body of a clam, oyster, or other mollusk and secretes the material that forms the shell.

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mickey mantle in Culture

mantle definition

The region of the interior of the Earth between the core (on its inner surface) and the crust (on its outer).

Note: The mantle is more than two thousand miles thick and accounts for more than three-quarters of the volume of the Earth.
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