Meaning of pallium

pal•li•um

Pronunciation: (pal'ē-um), [key]
— pl. pal•li•a pal•li•ums.
  1. a large, rectangular mantle worn by men in ancient Greece and Rome.
    1. a woolen vestment worn by the pope and conferred by him on archbishops, consisting, in its present form, of a narrow ringlike band that rests on the shoulders, with two dependent bands or lappets, one in front and one behind.
    2. an altar cloth; a pall.
  2. the entire cortex of the cerebrum.
  3. a mantle, as of a mollusk or bird.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
See also: