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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

caparison

\kuh-PAR-uh-suhn\ , verb;
1.
To dress richly; deck.
2.
To cover with a caparison.
noun:
1.
A decorative covering for a horse or for the tack or harness of a horse; trappings.
2.
Rich and sumptuous clothing or equipment.
Quotes:
The fruit, the fountain that's in all of us; in Edward; in Eleanor; so why caparison ourselves on top?
-- Virginia Woolf, The Years
And he followed her order, bridling and saddling the horse and making every effort to caparison it well.
-- Chrétien de Troyes, The Complete Romances of Chrétien de Troyes
Origin:
Caparison originally referred to an elaborate covering for horses. It is related to the word chaperon.
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