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Friday, October 18, 2013

aureole

\AWR-ee-ohl\ , noun;
1.
a radiance surrounding the head or the whole figure in the representation of a sacred personage.
2.
any encircling ring of light or color; halo.
3.
Astronomy. corona.
4.
Geology. a zone of altered country rock around an igneousintrusion.
Quotes:
It illuminated the words on Sir Philip's monument, and then touched the small head below it, till it shone with a living glory, lighting the pale, serene face, so that it seemed to Sir Philip that the aureole of a saint had surrounded her.
-- Emma Marshall, Heights and Valleys, 1871
…her hair was all creped into a filmy golden aureole round her face.
-- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Pink and White Tyranny: A Society Novel, 1871
Origin:
Aureole comes from the Latin aureus, which is a diminutive term meaning "golden." It came to English in the late 1400s.
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