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Saturday, June 21, 2014


\ep-uh-thuh-LEY-mee-on, -uhn\ , noun;
a song or poem in honor of a bride and bridegroom.
'I hope you'll be very happy,' and I must make do with his whisky-laced epithalamion for the only person we invite to our hasty register-office wedding is Marjorie Morrison and we have to borrow a witness from the previous wedding.
-- Kate Atkinson, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, 1995
Up and down and round the bells swung, they nodded, they brimmed with joyous sound, the bronze tongues struck the bronze palates, and all these mouths trembled, now one, now another, high and low, all different, but making a single splendour of sound, an epithalamion.
-- George Mackay Brown, Magnus, 1973
Epithalamion comes from the Greek epi-+thalamos meaning "at, upon" + "bridal chamber." It entered English in the late 1500s.
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