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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In embroidery, sprinkled, strewn, or sowed over the surface of: said of small figures, as bees, flowers, etc.


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  • You'll note in any verse en Français
    Accents bloom like flowers in May,
    Les poèmes adorned
    Like roses bethorned
    With aigu and grave in sharp parsemé.

    May 30, 2014

  • This regular entry for parsemé lacks the usage examples and etymology provided for this word in its Word of the Day notification. These follow:

    Edward II gave to Piers Gaveston a suit of red-gold armour studded with jacinths, a collar of gold roses set with turquoise-stones, and a skull-cap parseme with pearls.

    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

    I agreed to the bargain, of course, with all dutiful submission; and seeing she was preparing to set to work in a yellow dress parseme with red roses, I gently hinted, that I thought it was a pity to spoil so fine a gown, and that she had better change it.

    Fanny Trollope, Domestic Manners of the Americans

    This word comes from the French 'parsemer,' to sprinkle, strew.

    May 30, 2014