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(literally, “a handful”). A subdivision of the Roman legion (q. v.), which had

Manipulus. (From a terracotta lamp.)

thirty of them (three in each of the ten cohorts). The manipulus consisted of two centuries. The name is derived from manus + plenus, and originally signified those who rallied around the handful of hay or grain carried at the end of a pole, which formed the primitive standard. See Signum.

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