MANTLE , along flowing cloak without sleeves, worn by either sex . Particularly applied to the long robe worn over the
See also:armour by the men-at-arms of the
See also:middle ages, the name is still given to the robes of state of
See also:kings, peers, and the members of an
See also:order of knights . Thus the " electoral mantle " was a robe of
See also:office worn by the imperial electors, and the Teutonic knights were known as the orde alborum mantellorum from their
See also:white mantles . As an article of
See also:dress a mantle now means a loose cloak or cape, of any length, and made of
See also:velvet, or other
See also:rich material . The word is derived from the Latin mantellum or mantelum, a cloak, and is probably the same as, or another
See also:form of, mantelium or mantele, a table-napkin or table-
See also:cloth, from
See also:hand, and tela, a cloth . A
See also:late Latin mantum, from which several
See also:languages have taken words (cf . Ital. manta, and Fr. mante), must, as the . New
See also:Dictionary points out, be a " back-formation," and this will explain the diminutive form of the
See also:Spanish mantilla . From the old French mantel came the English compounds ' " mantel-piece," " mantel-shelf," for the
See also:stone or
See also:beam which serves as a support for the structure above a
See also:fire-place, together with the whole framework, whether of wood, stone, &c., that acts as an
See also:ornament of 'the same (see
See also:CHIMNEYPIECE) . The
See also:modern French form manteau is used in English chiefly as a dressmaker's
See also:term for a woman's mantle . "
See also:Mantua," much used in the 18th century for a similar garment, is probably a corruption of manteau, due to silk or other materials coming from the
See also:town of that name, and known by the
See also:trade name of " mantuas." The Spanish mantilla is a covering for the
See also:head and shoulders of white or black
See also:lace or other material, the characteristic head-dress of women in•
See also:southern and central Spain . It is occasionally seen in the other parts of Spain and Spanish countries, and also in
See also:Portugal .
"Mantle " is used in many transferred senses, all with the meaning of " covering," as inzoology, for an enclosing
See also:sac or integument; thus it is applied to the
See also:tunic " or layer of connective-tissue forming the
See also:wall of ascidians enclosing muscle-
See also:blood-sinuses and nerves (see
See also:TUNICATA) . The term is also used for a meshed cap of refractory oxides 'employed in systems of incandescent
See also:lighting (see LIGHTING) . The verb is used for the creaming or frothing of liquids and of the suffusing of the skin with blood . In
See also:heraldry " mantling," also known as "
See also:panache," " lambrequin " or " contoise, is an ornamental appendage to an
See also:escutcheon, of flowing drapery, forming a background (see HERALDRY) .
THOMAS MANTON (162o-1677)
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