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 In mammals, the neocortex is the hulking, evolutionarily modern outer layer of the brain that allows for complex cognition and creativity and that makes up most of what, in vertebrates as a whole, is called the pallium. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "Bird Brains Are Far More Humanlike Than Once Thought," 24 Sep. 2020 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 14 May. 2021.

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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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