pallium

noun
pal·​li·​um | \ ˈpa-lē-əm How to pronounce pallium (audio) \
plural pallia\ ˈpa-​lē-​ə How to pronounce pallium (audio) \ or palliums

Definition of pallium

1a : a white woolen band with pendants in front and back worn over the chasuble by a pope or archbishop as a symbol of full episcopal authority
b : a draped rectangular cloth worn as a cloak by men of ancient Greece and Rome
2 [New Latin, from Latin, cloak]
b(1) : the mantle of a mollusk or brachiopod
(2) : the mantle of a bird

Examples of pallium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When specific brain regions were analyzed independently, the pallium was the most significant region associated with complicated bird behavior; the cerebellum also contributed, but to a smaller extent. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 12 July 2022 Consistent with the overall conclusions, the number of neurons in the pallium went up with both absolute brain size and brain size relative to body size. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 12 July 2022 Four years before resigning in 2013, Benedict visited Celestine's tomb and left his own pallium stole — a vestment symbolizing episcopal authority — at his medieval predecessor's grave. Grayson Quay, The Week, 7 June 2022 In 2009, Benedict visited L’Aquila, which had been devastated by a recent earthquake and prayed at Celestine’s tomb, leaving his pallium stole on it. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 5 June 2022 In 2009, Benedict visited L'Aquila, which had been devastated by a recent earthquake and prayed at Celestine's tomb, leaving his pallium stole on it. Nicole Winfield, USA TODAY, 5 June 2022 In 2009, Benedict visited L’Aquila, which had been devastated by a recent earthquake, and prayed at Celestine’s tomb, leaving his pallium stole on it. Fox News, 5 June 2022 The researchers imaged the pallium before and after the fish learned, and analyzed the changes in synapse strength and location. Quanta Magazine, 3 Mar. 2022 Recordings of the crows’ brain activity during these tasks revealed that neurons in a region of their brain called the pallium represent zero as a quantity alongside other numerosities, just as is found in the primate prefrontal cortex. Jordana Cepelewicz, Wired, 15 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pallium

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pallium

Middle English, from Latin

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“Pallium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pallium. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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pallium

noun
pal·​li·​um | \ ˈpal-ē-əm How to pronounce pallium (audio) \
plural pallia\ -​ē-​ə How to pronounce pallium (audio) \ or palliums

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