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spectral in color; brilliant: prismatic colors.
Prismatic ultimately comes from the Greek noun prîsma (inflectional stem prísmat-) “something sawed, sawdust, (in geometry) trilateral column, prism.” Prîsma is a derivative of príein “to saw, trephine (skulls), grind or gnash (teeth), cut off (syllables).” Prismatic entered English in the 17th century.
He noted the prismatic colors in all the dewdrops upon a million blades of grass.
We get beautiful effects from wit,—all the prismatic colors,—but never the object as it is in fair daylight.
The uncommon noun symposiarch comes straight from Greek symposíarchos “leader or master of a symposium,” extended in English to “toastmaster.” The suffix –arch (and prefix arch-) “chief, leader, ruler” is naturalized in English. Sympósion “drinking party” breaks down to the prefix syn– “with, together with” and –posion, a derivative of pósis “drinking, a drink,” from pínein “to drink.” Symposiarch entered English in the early 17th century.
By election, or by some other means, a symposiarch was selected to preside over the mixing and the toasts.
After dinner, the symposiarch, who acted as master of ceremonies, laid down the rules for the evening and established the order of events.
of or relating to a summer theater situated outside an urban or metropolitan area: strawhat theater; strawhat circuit.
Strawhat used as an attributive or adjective, as in strawhat circuit, was originally an Americanism and referred to the custom, still common, of people wearing straw hats in the summer for comfort. Strawhat entered English in the mid-1930s.
Indeed, the strawhat impresario is not only at the mercy of the the customers but he is also subject to the tribulations and vagaries of the actors ….
After a million-dollar restoration, the old house reopened as a strawhat theater in 1963 with Price, a recent graduate of the Yale Drama School, as general manager.