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A knee-length, sleeveless vestment worn by Roman Catholic prelates.
[Italian, probably from Medieval Latin mantellētum, diminutive of Latin mantellum, mantle.]
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(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a sleeveless knee-length vestment, worn by cardinals, bishops, etc
[Italian, from Old French mantelet or Medieval Latin mantelletum, diminutive of Latin mantellum mantle]
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