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Related to mandorla: vesica piscis
1. A pointed oval shape used in medieval Christian art as an aureole to surround a sacred figure.
2. See vesica piscis.
[Italian, almond, mandorla, from Vulgar Latin *amendola, almond, alteration of Latin amygdala; see almond.]
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(Art Terms) (in painting, sculpture, etc) an almond-shaped area of light, usually surrounding the resurrected Christ or the Virgin at the Assumption. Also called: vesica
[from Italian, literally: almond, from Late Latin amandula; see almond]
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