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nounGreek Orthodox Church
A vestment worn by patriarchs and bishops, corresponding to and resembling the pallium of the Latin Church.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Arthur Stanley (1815–1881), dean of Westminster. From Byzantine Greek ὠμοϕόριον a kind of hood, a bishop's vestment from ancient Greek ὠμο- + -ϕορος + -ιον, diminutive suffix.
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