from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The iris formed by sunlight upon foam or spray, as of a cataract.


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  • So he cometh his ways to the water, where the glittering foam-bow glows,

    The Story of Sigurd the Volsung

  • And his cheek brighten'd as the foam-bow brightens

    The Early Poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • Hung, more fair than the foam-bow, a boy in the bloom of his manhood,

    Andromeda and Other Poems

  • Sorceress; and so clad gat them down the rock-hewn stair, Ralph going first, lest there should be any broken place; but naught was amiss with those hard black stones, and they came safely to a level place of the rock, whence they could see the face of the cliff, and how the waters of the Well came gushing forth from a hollow therein in a great swelling wave as clear as glass; and the sun glistened in it and made a foam-bow about its edges.

    The Well at the World's End: a tale

  • Socrates in the parable of the Cave) -- in the sun-lit mountain slopes, the pine-woods and the glittering walls of rock, and in the colours of the foam-bow suspended amidst the spray of the swift down-thundering cataract.

    The Faust-Legend and Goethe's 'Faust'


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