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 for mantel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mantel \Man"tel\, n. [The same word as mantle a garment; cf. F.
     manteau de chemin['e]e. See Mantle.] (Arch.)
     The finish around a fireplace, covering the chimney-breast in
     front and sometimes on both sides; especially, a shelf above
     the fireplace, and its supports. The shelf is called also a
     mantelpiece or mantlepiece. [Written also mantle.]
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: shelf that projects from wall above fireplace; "in Britain
           they call a mantel a chimneypiece" [syn: mantel,
           mantelpiece, mantle, mantlepiece, chimneypiece]

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