Pronunciation: (man'tl), [key]
1. a construction framing the opening of a fireplace and usually covering part of the chimney breast in a more or less decorative manner.
2. Also called mantelshelf. a shelf above a fireplace opening. Also,mantle. Also called man•tel•piecePronunciation: (man'tl-pēs"), [key] mantlepiece.
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