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prothalamion

[proh-thuh-ley-mee-on, -uh n] /ˌproʊ θəˈleɪ miˌɒn, -ən/
noun, plural prothalamia
[proh-thuh-ley-mee-uh] /ˌproʊ θəˈleɪ mi ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a song or poem written to celebrate a marriage.
Origin
1597
1597; pro-2 + (epi)thalamion; coined by Edmund Spenser
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prothalamion

/ˌprəʊθəˈleɪmɪən/
noun (pl) -mia (-mɪə)
1.
a song or poem in celebration of a marriage
Word Origin
C16: from Greek pro- before + thalamos marriage; coined by Edmund Spenser, on the model of epithalamion
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Word Origin and History for prothalamion
n.

"song sung before a wedding," 1590s, coined as a poem title by Edmund Spenser (based on epithalamion) from Greek pro- "before" (see pro-) + thalamos "bridal chamber" (see thalamus). Sometimes Latinized as prothalamium.

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