mandorla

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Borrowed from Italian mandorla. Doublet of amygdala.

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mandorla (plural mandorlas)

  1. A vesica piscis-shaped aureola that surrounds the figures of Christ and the Virgin Mary in traditional Christian art.
    • 2005, Andreas Andreopoulos, Metamorphosis: The Transfiguration in Byzantine Theology and Iconography:
      In addition, the mandorla may be considered on a more primal level as an archetypically ritual shape that transcends conscious and intentional symbolism, thus falling under the category of the mandala.

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Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *amandula, from Latin amygdala, from Ancient Greek ἀμυγδάλη (amugdálē).

Noun[edit]

mandorla f (plural mandorle)

  1. almond (fruit/nut)

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