fanon

noun
fan·​on | \ ˈfanən, fəˈnōn \
plural -s

Definition of fanon

: any of several articles used in religious ceremonials: such as
a : maniple
b : an oblation cloth for carrying vessels and bread for the Eucharist
d : a vestment that resembles a short cape and is worn by a Roman pontiff at solemn pontifical mass

called also orale

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History and Etymology for fanon

Middle English fanoun maniple, from Middle French fanon, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German fano cloth

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“Fanon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fanon. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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