Pronunciation: (pal'ē-um), [key]
—pl. pal•li•aPronunciation: (pal'ē-u), [key] pal•li•ums.
1. a large, rectangular mantle worn by men in ancient Greece and Rome.
a. a woolen vestment worn by the pope and conferred by him on archbishops, consisting, in its present form, of a narrow ringlike band that rests on the shoulders, with two dependent bands or lappets, one in front and one behind.
b. an altar cloth; a pall.
3. Anat.the entire cortex of the cerebrum.
4. Zool.a mantle, as of a mollusk or bird.
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