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epithalamium

[ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-uh m]
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noun, plural ep·i·tha·la·mi·ums, ep·i·tha·la·mi·a [ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-uh] /ˌɛp ə θəˈleɪ mi ə/.
  1. epithalamion.
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Related formsep·i·tha·lam·ic [ep-uh-thuh-lam-ik] /ˌɛp ə θəˈlæm ɪk/, adjective
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  • From a distant field came the dim wheezing of a corn-crake; nearer at hand a nightingale was beginning his epithalamic welcome.

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    Richard Bird


British Dictionary definitions for epithalamic

epithalamium

epithalamion

noun plural -mia (-mɪə)
  1. a poem or song written to celebrate a marriage; nuptial ode
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Derived Formsepithalamic (ˌɛpɪθəˈlæmɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin, from Greek epithalamion marriage song, from thalamos bridal chamber
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Word Origin and History for epithalamic

epithalamium

n.

1590s, "bridal song," from Latin epithalamium, from Greek epithalamion "a bridal song," from epi "at, upon" (see epi-) + thalamos "bridal chamber, inner chamber."

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