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alb

[alb] /ælb/
noun, Ecclesiastical
1.
a linen vestment with narrow sleaves, worn chiefly by priests, now invariably white in the Western Church but any color in the Eastern Church.
Origin
1100
before 1100; Middle English albe, (h)aube (< MF), Old English albe < Latin alba (vestis) white (garment); compare Dutch albe, Old High German alba (German Albe)

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alb.

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(in prescriptions) white.
Origin
< Latin albus
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British Dictionary definitions for alb

alb

/ælb/
noun
1.
(Christianity) a long white linen vestment with sleeves worn by priests and others
Word Origin
Old English albe, from Medieval Latin alba (vestis) white (clothing)

Alb.

abbreviation
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Albania(n)
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Word Origin and History for alb
n.

late Old English albe, from Late Latin alba (in tunica alba or vestis alba "white vestment"), fem. of albus "white," from PIE root *albho- "white" (cf. Greek alphos "white leprosy," alphiton "barley meal;" Old High German albiz, Old English elfet "swan," literally "the white bird;" Old Church Slavonic and Russian lebedi, Polish łabędź "swan;" Hittite alpash "cloud").

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ALB

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Alb.

  1. Albania
  2. Albanian
  3. Albany
  4. Alberta

alb.

albumen
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Encyclopedia Article for alb

liturgical vestment worn in some services by Roman Catholic officiants, some Anglicans, and some Lutherans. A symbol of purity, it is a full-length, long-sleeved, usually white linen tunic secured at the waist by a cord or belt called a cincture. The equivalent vestment in the Eastern churches is the sticharion.

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