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Festoon

Postby eberntson » Thu Jun 02, 2005 2:52 pm

Since it is May which is all about flowers this might be a nice word to send out...

festoon -
1. \Fes*toon"\, n. [F. feston (cf. Sp. feston, It.
festone), prob. fr. L. festum festival. See {Feast}.]
1. A garland or wreath hanging in a depending curve, used in
decoration for festivals, etc.; anything arranged in this
way.

2. (Arch. & Sculp.) A carved ornament consisting of flowers,
and leaves, intermixed or twisted together, wound with a
ribbon, and hanging or depending in a natural curve. See
Illust. of {Bucranium}.

2. \Fes*toon"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Festooned}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Festooning}.]
To form in festoons, or to adorn with festoons.
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Postby gailr » Mon Jun 06, 2005 10:06 pm

This word is flexible enough to carry non-floral images: I have one mostly black and one mostly white feline. This assures I will always be visibly festooned in cat hair.
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Postby tcward » Tue Jun 07, 2005 3:00 am

gailr wrote:This word is flexible enough to carry non-floral images: I have one mostly black and one mostly white feline. ...


I thought the punchline was going to be that you named one Fess and the other Toon.

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Postby Apoclima » Tue Jun 07, 2005 7:12 am

I knew a Festoon once; he had a beautiful, fragrant sister named Garland!

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Postby M. Henri Day » Tue Jun 07, 2005 10:31 am

Lovely word, especially as a verb - I hope Dr Goodword falls for it !...

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Postby Stargzer » Tue Jun 07, 2005 4:17 pm

An Astronomical definition from open-dictionary.com

Noun
festoon
. . .
2. (Astronomy) a cloud on Jupiter that hangs out of its home belt or zone into an adjacent area.
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Postby M. Henri Day » Wed Jun 08, 2005 2:43 pm

As a compliment to Larry's link, supra, here's an sketch which among other things shows explicitly what is denoted in astronomy by the term «festoon»....

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Postby Stargzer » Thu Jun 09, 2005 3:01 pm

Ah, good sketch, Henri! This page, from the same site, has that sketch as well as another, along with a description of the various Jovian nomenclature used.

Sketching is often done by amateur astronomers. At least, by those who have the equipment, the time, and the site! :wink:
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