[too-ni-kuh l, tyoo-]
- a vestment worn over the alb by subdeacons, as at the celebration of the Mass, and by bishops.
Origin of tunicle
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin tunicula, equivalent to tunic(a) tunic + -ula -ule
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Examples from the Web for tunicle
A little later the sub-deacon wore a tunicle, which was a scantier dalmatic.
The Mandans and Manitaries often suffer from diseases in the eyes; many are one-eyed, or have a tunicle over one eye.
The tunicle, worn underneath the dalmatic, was similar to it in shape, but made of linen.A Handbook of Pictorial History
Henry W. Donald
- mainly RC Church the liturgical vestment worn by the subdeacon and bishops at High Mass and other religious ceremonies
C14: from Latin tunicula a little tunic
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