Friday, June 10, 2011
umbra noun [UHM-bruh] The invariable or characteristic accompaniment or companion of a person or thing.
Definitions for umbra
- The invariable or characteristic accompaniment or companion of a person or thing.
- Shade; shadow.
- In astronomy, the complete shadow of an opaque body, as a planet, where the direct light from the source of illumination is completely cut off.
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Citations for umbra
She leaned over me, dark and mother-warm, and I could hardly breathe in her umbra of cigarettes and gin.
The umbra - shade, shadow, uninvited guest - is invited in; as a dream, the guest becomes host to a sensuous pleasure that is all the more real for being an imitation, and all the more an artifice for being imaginal, "only" a dream.
Origin of umbra
Umbra is borrowed from the same word in Latin, meaning "shadow."