gremial

gremial

[gree-mee-uhl]
noun Ecclesiastical.
a cloth placed on the lap of the bishop, as during the celebration of Mass or when he confers orders.

Origin:
1555–65; < Late Latin gremiālis growing in a cluster from a stump, equivalent to Latin grem(ium) lap, bosom + -ālis -al1

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gremial (ˈɡriːmɪəl)
 
n
RC Church a cloth spread upon the lap of a bishop when seated during Mass
 
[C17: from Latin gremium lap]

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