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epithalamion

[ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-on, -uh n] /ˌɛp ə θəˈleɪ miˌɒn, -ən/
noun, plural epithalamia
[ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-uh] /ˌɛp ə θəˈleɪ mi ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a song or poem in honor of a bride and bridegroom.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Greek: nuptial, noun use of neuter of epithalámios nuptial. See epi-, thalamus

epithalamium

[ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-uh m] /ˌɛp ə θəˈleɪ mi əm/
noun, plural epithalamiums, epithalamia
[ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-uh] /ˌɛp ə θəˈleɪ mi ə/ (Show IPA)
Related forms
epithalamic
[ep-uh-thuh-lam-ik] /ˌɛp ə θəˈlæm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for epithalamia

epithalamium

/ˌɛpɪθəˈleɪmɪəm/
noun (pl) -mia (-mɪə)
1.
a poem or song written to celebrate a marriage; nuptial ode
Derived Forms
epithalamic (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 epithalamia

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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