pal·​li·​um | \ ˈpa-lē-əm How to pronounce pallium (audio) \
plural pallia\ ˈpa-​lē-​ə How to pronounce pallia (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 How much of the bird pallium is like the cortex is still subject to debate. Onur Güntürkün, Scientific American, "“Birdbrain” Turns from Insult to Praise," 1 Jan. 2020 When working within the anatomical scheme set out by Edinger, an observer finds the pallium strongly resembles the subpallium. Onur Güntürkün, Scientific American, "“Birdbrain” Turns from Insult to Praise," 1 Jan. 2020 The pallium, fabric worn around the neck, is considered sacred and often worn during services of grave importance. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "We Interviewed 5 Cultural Appropriators at Coachella 2018," 20 Apr. 2018

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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

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