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maniple (plural maniples)
- (rare) A handful.
- A division of the Roman army numbering 60 or 120 men exclusive of officers, any small body of soldiers; a company.
- Originally, a napkin; later, an ornamental band or scarf worn upon the left arm as a part of the vestments of a priest in the Roman Catholic Church, and sometimes worn in the English Church service.
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division of the Roman army