Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Word of the day: cresset

The word of the day is cresset:
  1. a metal cup or basket often mounted on a pole or suspended from above, containing oil, pitch, a rope steeped in rosin, etc., burned as a light or beacon.

"The church was cold, in spite of all the lights.  They were mostly cressets, set along the walls and in front of the Holly-banked statue of St. Catherine, though there was a tall, thin, yellowish candle set in the greenery of each of the windows, but the effect was probably not what Father Roche had intended."

 - Connie Willis, Doomsday Book

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