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Etymology edit

Borrowed from Latin manutergium.

Noun edit

manutergium (plural manutergia)

  1. manuterge

Latin edit

Etymology edit

From manus (hand) +‎ tergeō (wipe, clean) +‎ -ium. Compare with mantēle.

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Noun edit

manutergium n (genitive manutergiī or manutergī); second declension

  1. hand towel
  2. linen cloth which is used to clean a Catholic priest's hand after being anointed with chrism and presented to his mother at the first mass, which she can present at her judgement and is considered a special honor in heaven.

Declension edit

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative manutergium manutergia
Genitive manutergiī
Dative manutergiō manutergiīs
Accusative manutergium manutergia
Ablative manutergiō manutergiīs
Vocative manutergium manutergia

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).

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