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1a loose sleeveless cloak or shawl, worn especially by women. a covering of a specified sort:the houses were covered with a thick mantle of snow (also gas mantle) a fragile mesh cover fixed around a gas jet, kerosene wick, etc., to give an incandescent light when heated. Ornithology a bird’s back, scapulars, and wing coverts, especially when of a distinctive color. Zoology an outer or enclosing layer of tissue, especially (in mollusks, cirripedes, and brachiopods) a fold of skin enclosing the viscera and secreting the substance that produces the shell. 2an important role or responsibility that passes from one person to another:the second son has now assumed his father’s mantle
[with allusion to the passing of Elijah's cloak (mantle) to Elisha (2 Kings 2:13)]
3 Geology the region of the earth’s interior between the crust and the core, believed to consist of hot, dense silicate rocks (mainly peridotite). the corresponding part of another planetary body:the lunar mantle
1 [with object] literary clothe in or as if in a mantle; cloak or envelop:heavy mists mantled the forested slopes archaic (of blood) suffuse (the face):a warm pink mounted to the girl’s cheeks and mantled her brow [no object] (of the face) glow with a blush:her rich face mantling with emotion [no object] archaic (of a liquid) become covered with a head or froth. 2 [no object] (of a bird of prey on the ground or on a perch) spread the wings and tail, especially so as to cover captured prey.