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1. A loose sleeveless coat worn over outer garments; a cloak.
2. Something that covers, envelops, or conceals: "On a summer night ... a mantle of dust hangs over the gravel roads" (John Dollard).
3. The role or appearance of an authoritative or important person: "a Carlylean conviction that in modern society a poet was obligated to assume the mantle of a prophet" (Richard D. Altick).
4. Variant of mantel.
5. The outer covering of a wall.
6. A zone of hot gases around a flame.
7. A device in gas lamps consisting of a sheath of threads that gives off brilliant illumination when heated by the flame.
8. Anatomy The cerebral cortex.
9. Geology The zone of the earth between the crust and the core.
10. The outer wall and casing of a blast furnace above the hearth.
11. The shoulder feathers, upper back, and sometimes the wings of a bird when differently colored from the rest of the body.
a. A fold or pair of folds of the body wall that covers the internal organs and typically secretes the substance that forms the shell in mollusks and brachiopods.
b. The soft outer wall lining the shell of a tunicate or barnacle.
v. man·tled, man·tling, man·tles
1. To cover with a mantle.
2. To cover with something that acts like a mantle; cover, envelop, or conceal: "when the land was mantled in forest and prowled by lions, leopards, and wolves" (David Campbell).
1. To spread or become extended over a surface.
2. To become covered with a coating, as scum or froth on the surface of a liquid.
3. To blush: cheeks mantling with embarrassment.

[Middle English, from Old English mentel and from Old French mantel, both from Latin mantellum.]
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Adj.1.mantled - covered with or as if with clothes or a wrap or cloakmantled - covered with or as if with clothes or a wrap or cloak; "leaf-clothed trees"; "fog-cloaked meadows"; "a beam draped with cobwebs"; "cloud-wrapped peaks"
covered - overlaid or spread or topped with or enclosed within something; sometimes used as a combining form; "women with covered faces"; "covered wagons"; "a covered balcony"
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Mantled fruits in oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) are a result of somaclonal variation that is often observed when the oil palm plantlets are regenerated via tissue culture [1,2].
Specifically, in the case of abortive mantling phenomenon, no pollen is produced by the male inflorescences, and as for female inflorescences, a ring of supplementary carpels is produced surrounding the gynoecium, which in turn prevents the mantled oil palm fruits from ripening [5].
Its key features include a high proportion of ancient crust, a craton-scale stratigraphy, high-amplitude mantled granitoid-gneiss domes, voluminous late granites, and widespread high-T, low-P metamorphism (Bleeker and Davis, 1999; Bleeker, 2002).