amice


amice
amice1
/am"is/, n. Eccles.
an oblong vestment, usually of white linen, worn about the neck and shoulders and partly under the alb.
[1200-50; ME amice(s) < OF amis, amys, pl. of amit < L amictus mantle, cloak, equiv. to amic-, base of amicire to wrap around (am- AMBI- + -ic-, comb. s. of iacere to throw) + -tus n. suffix of verbal action (hence, orig. the act of wrapping around)]
amice2
/am"is/, n.
almuce.
[late ME amisse < MF aumusse, aumuce < Sp almucio < L almucia, almucium]

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▪ liturgical vestment
      (derived from Latin amictus, “wrapped around”), liturgical vestment worn under the alb. It is a rectangular piece of white linen held around the neck and shoulders by two bands tied at the waist. Probably derived from a scarf worn by the secular classes, it first appeared as a liturgical garment in the Frankish kingdom in the 9th century and was worn by all clergy as a liturgical garment by the 12th century. Its use today is optional.

      The medieval amice was worn as a hood to cover the head and ears. The hood form is retained by some monks. The Eastern church has no comparable vestment.

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