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A liturgical vestment consisting of an oblong piece of white linen worn around the neck and shoulders and partly under the alb.
[Middle English, probably from Old French amis, pl. of amit, from Latin amictus, mantle, from past participle of amicīre, to wrap around : am-, ambi-, around; see ambi- + iacere, to throw; see yē- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity a rectangular piece of white linen worn by priests around the neck and shoulders under the alb or, formerly, on the head
[C15: from Old French amis, plural of amit, or from Medieval Latin amicia, both from Latin amictus cloak, from amicīre to clothe, from am- ambi- + iacere to throw]
(Ecclesiastical Terms) another word for almuce
(Civil Engineering) Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers
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an oblong ecclesiastical vestment of white cloth, worn at the neck and shoulders.
[1200–50; < Old French amis,amys, pl. of amit < Latin amictus way of dressing, mantle, cloak <amic(īre) to clothe (am- ambi- + -icīre, comb. form of iacere to throw)]
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