Friday, November 13, 2015

Word of the day: coffer

The word of the day is coffer:

  1. a box or chest, especially one for valuables.
  2. coffers, a treasury; funds
  3. any of various boxlike enclosures, as acofferdam.
  4. Also called caissonlacunar.  Architecture. one of a number of sunken panels, usually square or octagonal, in a vault, ceiling, or soffit.
mid-13c., from O.Fr. cofre "a chest," from L. cophinus "basket" (see coffin).


"About fifty miles north of Antigua reigned a man named Comagre, who lived with his many wives and children in what the historian Pietro Martire d'Anghiera described as 'a house made of big, interwoven timbers, with a hall 80 paces wide and 150 long and what looked like a coffered ceiling.'"

 - Charles Mann, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

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