A liturgical vestment consisting of an oblong piece of white linen worn around the neck and shoulders and partly under the alb.
[Middle English, probably from
Old French amis
, pl. of amit
, mantle, from
past participle of amicīre
, to wrap around : am-, ambi-
, around; see AMBI-
, to throw; see yē- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots
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