from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A usually crystal collar on a candle socket used to catch drippings or to hold suspended pendants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A glass disk or shallow cup with a central perforation, made to surround the base of a candle or of a gas-light. In the latter ease the glass is ground to diffuse the light.
French bobèche.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)