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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A beam, a stone, or an arch that functions as a lintel on a fireplace, supporting the masonry above.

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  • n. mantel

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The lintel of a fireplace when of wood, as frequently in early houses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, a beam behind the mantelpiece serving as the lintel to a fireplace, sometimes replaced by a brick arch, to which the name is also given.
  • n. Same as mantelpiece.

Etymologies

Middle English mantiltre : mantle, mantle; see mantle + tre, beam; see tree.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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