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noun man·i·ple \ˈma-nə-pəl\

Definition of MANIPLE

:  a long narrow strip of silk formerly worn at mass over the left arm by clerics of or above the order of subdeacon
[Latin manipulus, from manipulus handful] :  a subdivision of the Roman legion consisting of either 120 or 60 men

Origin of MANIPLE

Middle English, from Medieval Latin manipulus, from Latin, handful, from manus hand + -pulus (perhaps akin to Latin plēre to fill); from its having been originally held in the hand — more at manual, full
First Known Use: 15th century


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