Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day (prettygoodword) wrote in 1word1day,
Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day
prettygoodword
1word1day

Thursday word: mazarine

mazarine (maz-uh-REEN, MAZ-uh-reen) - n./adj., a deep, rich blue. n., a silver strainer fitting over a dish used for draining the water from boiled fish.


The blue has a slightly purplish cast, giving it the richness wanted. Both of these things (full disclosure: I've never met the strainer, so am trusting the dictionaries here) are named after Cardinal Mazarin, born Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino (1602–1661, named after the Sicilian city Mazzarino, where his father was from), best known as the prime minister of France from 1643-1661. He was well-known in his time for his wealth and gemstones, accumulated during his time in office (though his avariciousness was exaggerated by Dumas in Twenty Years After -- ambitious and ruthless, yes, but not at the expense of stupidity), which allowed him to gift the so-called Mazarin diamonds to Louis XIV, still on display at the Louvre Exactly how the color came to be associated with him is obscure, however.

The kerchief was a good-sized square of bright yellow silk, with polka-dots of mazarine blue.

---L.
Tags: adjective, italian, m, noun
Subscribe

  • Sunday Word: Jardinière

    jardinière, jardiniere [jahr-dn- eer, zhahr-dn- yair] noun: 1 a: an ornamental stand for plants or flowers b: a large usually ceramic…

  • Sunday Word: Cantatrice

    cantatrice [kan-t uh- tree-chey, - trees; Italian kahn-tah- tree-che; French kahn-ta- trees] noun: a woman who is a singer, especially a…

  • Wednesday Word: Frondeur

    Frondeur - noun. Need a word to spice up your stories about anti-authoritarian types? Try frondeur, pronounced fraan· dur instead! Frondeur is a…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments