nounpl. -·li·ums or -·lia
- Anat. the cerebral cortex with its adjacent white matter
- R.C.Ch. a circular white wool band with pendants, worn over the shoulders by a pope or archbishop
- Zool. the mantle of mollusks and related marine invertebrates
Origin of palliumL, a cloak, mantle
nounpl. pal·li·ums, or pal·li·a
- A cloak or mantle worn by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
- Ecclesiastical A vestment worn by the pope and conferred by him on archbishops. Also called pall 1.
- a. The mantle of gray matter forming the cerebral cortex.b. The mantle of a mollusk or a brachiopod.
Origin of palliumLatin
(plural pallia or palliums)
From Latin pallium (“a cloak").