Monday, April 19, 2010

word of the day :: festoon


1. a string or chain of flowers, foliage, ribbon, etc., suspended in a curve between two points.
2. a decorative representation of this, as in architectural work or on pottery.
3. a fabric suspended, draped, and bound at intervals to form graceful loops or scalloped folds.
4. Dentistry. the garland-like area of the gums surrounding the necks of the teeth.

-verb (used with object)
5. to adorn with or as with festoons: to festoon a hall.
6. to form into festoons: to festoon flowers and leaves.
7. Dentistry. to reproduce natural gum patterns around the teeth or a denture.
8. to connect by festoons.

1670-80; < F feston < It festone decoration for a feast, deriv. of festa festa
"Most humans feel the transcendent temptation, the emotional drive to festoon the universe with large-scale meaning."
 :: Paul Kurtz ::
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