maniple

noun
man·​i·​ple | \ ˈma-nə-pəl How to pronounce maniple (audio) \

Definition of maniple

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

First Known Use of maniple

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Maniple.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maniple. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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