- a large, rectangular mantle worn by men in ancient Greece and Rome.
- a woolen vestment worn by the pope and conferred by him on archbishops, consisting, in its present form, of a narrow ringlike band that rests on the shoulders, with two dependent bands or lappets, one in front and one behind.
- an altar cloth; a pall.
- Anatomy. the entire cortex of the cerebrum.
- Zoology. a mantle, as of a mollusk or bird.
Origin of pallium
before 1150; Old English < Latin (not attested in ME); see pall1
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Examples from the Web for pallium
Above the stola, women wore a mantle called palla or pallium.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
When, you go out with me everyone looks round as if I had a stain on my pallium.The Emperor, Complete
Peter is giving the pallium to the Pope, and a standard to Charlemagne.The Innocents Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
To the base of each bullet is attached a thin wire of pallium.The Mystery of Choice
Robert William Chambers
He acknowledged Urban as Pope, and conferred the pallium upon Anselm.
- a garment worn by men in ancient Greece or Rome, made by draping a large rectangular cloth about the body
- mainly RC Church a woollen vestment consisting of a band encircling the shoulders with two lappets hanging from it front and back: worn by the pope, all archbishops, and (as a mark of special honour) some bishops
- Also called: mantle anatomy the cerebral cortex and contiguous white matter
- zoology another name for mantle (def. 5)
C16: from Latin: cloak; related to Latin palla mantle
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- The mantle of gray matter with the underlying white substance.brain mantle mantle
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