1 [am-is]
noun Ecclesiastical.
an oblong vestment, usually of white linen, worn about the neck and shoulders and partly under the alb.

1200–50; Middle English amice(s) < Old French amis, amys, plural of amit < Latin amictus mantle, cloak, equivalent to amic-, base of amicīre to wrap around (am- ambi- + -ic-, combining stem of iacere to throw) + -tus noun suffix of verbal action (hence, orig. the act of wrapping around) Unabridged


2 [am-is]

late Middle English amisse < Middle French aumusse, aumuce < Spanish almucio < Latin almucia, almucium Unabridged
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amice1 (ˈæmɪs)
Christianity a rectangular piece of white linen worn by priests around the neck and shoulders under the alb or, formerly, on the head
[C15: from Old French amis, plural of amit, or from Medieval Latin amicia, both from Latin amictus cloak, from amicīre to clothe, from am-ambi- + iacere to throw]

amice2 (ˈæmɪs)
another word for almuce

abbreviation for
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(derived from Latin amictus, "wrapped around"), liturgical vestment worn under the alb. It is a rectangular piece of white linen held around the neck and shoulders by two bands tied at the waist. Probably derived from a scarf worn by the secular classes, it first appeared as a liturgical garment in the Frankish kingdom in the 9th century and was worn by all clergy as a liturgical garment by the 12th century. Its use today is optional

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