prothalamion

prothalamion

[proh-thuh-ley-mee-on, -uhn]
noun, plural prothalamia [proh-thuh-ley-mee-uh] .
a song or poem written to celebrate a marriage.

Origin:
1597; pro-2 + (epi)thalamion; coined by Edmund Spenser

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prothalamion or prothalamium (ˌprəʊθəˈleɪmɪən)
 
n , pl -mia
a song or poem in celebration of a marriage
 
[C16: from Greek pro- before + thalamos marriage; coined by Edmund Spenser, on the model of epithalamion]
 
prothalamium or prothalamium (ˌprəʊθəˈleɪmɪən, -mɪə)
 
n
 
[C16: from Greek pro- before + thalamos marriage; coined by Edmund Spenser, on the model of epithalamion]

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prothalamion
"song sung before a wedding," 1597, coined as a poem title by Edmund Spenser (based on epithalamion) from Gk. pro- "before" + thalamos "bridal chamber."
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