mandorla

noun
  1. (in painting, sculpture, etc) an almond-shaped area of light, usually surrounding the resurrected Christ or the Virgin at the AssumptionAlso called: vesica

Word Origin for mandorla

from Italian, literally: almond, from Late Latin amandula; see almond
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