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girandole

[jir-uh n-dohl] /ˈdʒɪr ənˌdoʊl/
noun
1.
a rotating and radiating firework.
2.
an ornate bracket for candelabra or the like, sometimes with a reflecting mirror at the back of the shelf.
3.
a brooch or earring consisting of a central ornament with usually three smaller ornaments hanging from it.
Also, girandola
[ji-ran-dl-uh] /dʒɪˈræn dl ə/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of girandole
1625-1635
1625-35; < French < Italian girandola, derivative of girare to turn in a circle < Latin gȳrāre, derivative of gȳrus a circle < Greek gŷros
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British Dictionary definitions for girandole

girandole

/ˈdʒɪrənˌdəʊl/
noun
1.
an ornamental branched wall candleholder, usually incorporating a mirror
2.
an earring or pendant having a central gem surrounded by smaller ones
3.
a kind of revolving firework
4.
(artillery) a group of connected mines
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian girandola, from girare to revolve, from Latin gӯrāre to gyrate
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Word Origin and History for girandole
n.

1630s, a type of fireworks; 1825 as a type of earring or pendant, from French girandole, from Italian girandola, diminutive of giranda "a revolving jet," from Latin gyrandus, gerundive of gyrare "to turn round in a circle, revolve" (see gyration).

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