Ombrifuge is something that provides protection from the rain; specifically an umbrella. Ombrifuge derives from ombro (indicating rain) – and ombro is from the Greek ombros (shower of rain) – and fuge (expelling or dispelling either a specified thing or in a specified way) – and fuge derives from the Latin fugare(cause to flee).
Ombrifuge is a very rare and poetic word that’s first use dates to it’s usage by Robert Browning (1812-1889). Now how He used ombrifuge I’m not sure about since my preliminary searches came up empty, but someday I’m certain I’ll figure it out! As it is, when it begins to rain almost everyone seeks out an ombrifuge oftentimes in the form of an umbrella or overhang.
The heavy drizzle from the low-hung evening sky demanded the use of an ombrifuge in the form of a vinyl umbrella. It’s clear panels streaked with continuous droplets distorted the multi-colored signs into a kaleidoscopic haze and I continued onward, both lost and found, alone and apart, seeking out something though I didn’t quite know what… ~ Ella
Ombrifuge is a rather charming word (what a great descriptor, no?!) and absolute perfect for the rainy weather that’s currently happening outside my window. Heaven knows I’ve already made good use of my own ombrifuge to let the dogs out, though I have to say that I do like simply walking or dancing in the rain sometimes – it’s only water after all! What’s your favorite kind of ombrifuge? Umbrella, overhang, large tree, good rain hat, something else?
Namaste ~ Ella
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