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- noun archaic A beam of
woodover the opening of an open fireplace, from which items were hung.
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The mantle-tree was a huge beam of oak, protected from the blaze only by the current of cold air constantly ascending.
Upon the mantle-tree, for I am a pretty curious observer, stood a pot of lambative electuary, with a stick of liquorice, and near it a phial of rose-water, and powder of tutty.