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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

bauble

\BAW-buhl\ , noun;
1.
a showy, usually cheap, ornament; trinket; gewgaw.
2.
a jester's scepter.
Quotes:
From his pocket, he got out a small glittering bauble, carefully wrapped in translucent brown fiber.
-- Philip K. Dick, The World Jones Made, 1956
She had no temptation for such an action; as to the bauble on which the chief proof rests, if she had earnestly desired it, I should have willingly given it to her, so much do I esteem and value her.
-- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein, 1818
Origin:
Bauble is related to the Old French word bibelot, meaning "a small object of curiosity, beauty or rarity."
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