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man·tu·a  audio  (mnch-, -t-) KEY 

NOUN:
A woman's garment of the 17th and 18th centuries consisting of a bodice and full skirt cut from a single length of fabric, with the skirt designed to part in front to reveal a contrasting underskirt.

ETYMOLOGY:
Alteration (influenced by Mantua), of manteau


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