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1. An ornamental silk band hung as an ecclesiastical vestment on the left arm near the wrist.
2. A subdivision of an ancient Roman legion, containing 60 or 120 men.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin manipulus, handful : manus, hand; see man- in Indo-European roots + -pulus, perhaps -ful; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Rome) a unit of 120 to 200 foot soldiers
2. (Military) (in ancient Rome) a unit of 120 to 200 foot soldiers
3. (Historical Terms) Christianity an ornamental band formerly worn on the left arm by the celebrant at the Eucharist
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity an ornamental band formerly worn on the left arm by the celebrant at the Eucharist
[C16: from Medieval Latin manipulus (the Eucharistic vestment), from Latin, literally: a handful, from manus hand]
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man•i•ple(ˈmæn ə pəl)
1. (in ancient Rome) a subdivision of a legion, consisting of 60 or 120 men.
2. a Eucharistic vestment consisting of an ornamental strip worn over the left arm near the wrist. See illus. at chasuble.
[1400–50; late Middle English: the vestment (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin manipulus, Latin: military unit, literally, handful =mani-, comb. form of manus hand + -pulus suffix of obscure orig., perhaps akin to plēnus full1]
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Maniplea handful; a small band of soldiers—Johnson, 1755.
Examples: maniple of papers and petitions, 1632; of people, 1829; of soldiers, 1755.
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