from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cloak or mantle worn by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
- n. Ecclesiastical A vestment worn by the pope and conferred by him on archbishops and sometimes on bishops. Also called pall1.
- n. The mantle of gray matter forming the cerebral cortex.
- n. The mantle of a mollusk, brachiopod, or bird.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A woollen vestment conferred on archbishops by the Pope.
- n. A large cloak worn by Greek philosophers and teachers.
- n. The mantle of a mollusc.
- n. A sheet of cloud covering the whole sky, especially nimbostratus.
- n. The cerebral cortex.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large, square, woolen cloak which enveloped the whole person, worn by the Greeks and by certain Romans. It is the Roman name of a Greek garment.
- n. A band of white wool, worn on the shoulders, with four purple crosses worked on it; a pall.
- n. The mantle of a bivalve. See Mantle.
- n. The mantle of a bird.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman antiquity, a voluminous rectangular mantle for men, corresponding to the Greek himation (see himation), and considered at Rome, because worn by Greek savants, as the particular dress of philosophers; also, a toga or other outer garment; a curtain, etc., of rectangular shape.
- n. Eccles.: In the early church, a large mantle worn by Christian philosophers, ascetics, and monks.
- n. A vestment worn by certain bishops, especially patriarchs and metropolitans.
- n. An alter-cloth; a frontal or pall.
- n. In conchology, the mantle, mantle-flap, or mantle-skirt of a mollusk, an outgrowth of the dorsal body-wall.
- n. In ornithology, the mantle; the stragulum; the back and folded wings together, in any way distinguished, as by color in a gull, etc.
- n. 5. A cirro-stratus cloud when it forms a uniform sheet over the whole sky.
- n. The cerebral cortex, or that portion of it which forms the roof and sides of the lateral ventricles: this is termed the pallium, or brain mantle, as distinguished from the stem of the brain on which it rests.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. cloak or mantle worn by men in ancient Rome
- n. (Roman Catholic Church) vestment consisting of a band encircling the shoulders with two lappets hanging in front and back
- n. (zoology) a protective layer of epidermis in mollusks or brachiopods that secretes a substance forming the shell
- n. the layer of unmyelinated neurons (the grey matter) forming the cortex of the cerebrum
Latin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pallium ("a cloak"). (Wiktionary)