Meaning of manutergium in English:

manutergium

Pronunciation /manjʊˈtəːdʒɪəm/

noun

rare Christian Church
  • A towel on which a priest dries his hands after washing them before celebrating Mass.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas West (?1720–1779), antiquary and writer. From post-classical Latin manutergium hand-towel, especially for liturgical purposes from classical Latin manus hand + terg-, stem of tergēre to wipe + -ium.