A wide-sleeved, long, loose vestment open at the sides, worn by deacons and bishops, and by some monarchs at their coronation.
- During the middle ages decoration reached a height unrivalled since and dalmatics were heavily adorned.
- Today he may omit the dalmatic for a good reason, and many bishops have dispensed with it as unnecessary.
- Notice, too, the Cardinal Deacons in their dalmatics and simple mitres, flanking the Pope.
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