October 23rd, 2016

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Saturday Word: Crèche

crèche [KRĕsh,KRĕysh]:
origin: (1785–95) French; crib.

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This word is meant to call to mind the concept of being wrapped in safety & comfort -- and to my mind, hope too; it's applied to several specific definitions, although they combine well, since a person certainly can make a display of a grouping of orphaned animals which they care for:

1. British; A place for children to be cared for; a nursery or orphanage. A creche is especially valuable as a way to free women to work.

2. Any tableau of the baby Jesus surrounded by his mother Mary, her companion Joseph, and the Wise Men (or Maji) amid the barnyard animals of the famous "Nativity scene" from the Christian religion.

3. Newly founded or formed, example: a crèche director or care facility.

4. Animal nursery; groupings of baby animals, cared for communally by adults in secure locations (examples: bats, penguins, wolf pups). Pet crèches have become popular in India!