One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A piece of ornamental drapery depicted issuing from a helmet and surrounding a shield.‘the mantlings of peers are lined with ermine’Compare with lambrequin (sense 2)mass noun ‘coats of arms in Baroque mantling’
- ‘The coat of arms with its elaborate rococo style mantling has almost no identifiable Chinese precedent.’
Late 16th century: from mantle + -ing.
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