[ hahy-li-guhn-shahyn ]
/ ˈhaɪ lɪ gənˌʃaɪn /
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noun, plural Hei·li·gen·schei·ne [hahy-li-guhn-shahy-nuh]. /ˈhaɪ lɪ gənˌʃaɪ nə/. German.
a ring of light around the shadow cast by a person's head, especially on a dewy, sunlit lawn, caused by reflection and diffraction of light rays; halo.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of Heiligenschein
First recorded in 1910–15; from German: literally, “halo, gloriole,” equivalent to Heiligen- “saint's” + Schein “shine, light, brilliance”
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