vesica piscisvesica pis·cis
A pointed oval shape used in medieval Christian art as an aureole to surround a sacred figure. Also called mandorla.
Origin of vesica piscisNew Latin v&emacron;s&imacron;ca piscis : Latin v&emacron;s&imacron;ca, bladder + Latin piscis, genitive of piscis, fish (from the resemblance in shape).
c. 1200 miniature illumination from the Westminster Psalter