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 (to͞o′nĭ-kəl, tyo͞o′-)
n. Ecclesiastical
A sleeved outer vestment reaching to the knees, worn over the alb by a subdeacon or sometimes under the dalmatic by a bishop or cardinal. Also called tunic.

[Middle English, from Latin tunicula, diminutive of tunica, tunic; see tunic.]
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(Roman Catholic Church) chiefly RC Church the liturgical vestment worn by the subdeacon and bishops at High Mass and other religious ceremonies
[C14: from Latin tunicula a little tunic]
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(ˈtu nɪ kəl, ˈtyu-)

a vestment worn over the alb by subdeacons, as at the celebration of the Mass, and by bishops.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin tunicula, Latin: diminutive of tunica tunic; see -ule]
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Simply stated, the chasuble, worn over the alb and stole, is the vestment worn by those priests who are celebrants at the Eucharist and is different in form and function from the dalmatic worn by deacons and the tunicle worn by sub-deacons.
Throw in the tunicle, dalmatic, cope, buskins, mitre, pallium, succinctorium, and fanon worn by various clerics from deacons to the pope, and you had quite a wardrobe of liturgical duds.
Aughterson in particular has neglected to gloss a handful of words (like tunicle (65), villein (154), and fadge (256)) which might cause some confusion.
I have drawn attention to the blue dalmatics marked with stars in both images, and there is no doubt that such luxurious vestments existed; around 1400 the church of St Martin in Ludgate owned a chasuble and two tunicles overez ove sterrez dor embroudez (`worked with stars embroidered in gold').(28) None the less, vestments are often shown in Cantate initials with designs broadly comparable to the stellar patterns used by the Zelo tui artist, so very specific external evidence will be required before we can regard the stars in illus.1 and 2 as significant details of those pictures.
At the next stopping place m the Agincourt triumph, the tower of the conduit in Cornhill, "under an awning was a company of prophets with venerable white hair, in tunicles and golden copes, their heads wrapped and turbaned with gold and crimson," who sang Psalm 97 "Cantate domino canticum novem," (107) which is not part of the Palm Sunday liturgy.