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  • Surely the hard blue winterset

    Must have conveyed a message to him—

    —Lawrence Durrell, 'On First Looking into Loeb's Horace'

    Lots of ghits for proper names, but none I can see for a common noun; also not in OED, so I suspect a nonce-coinage of Durrell's. (But what would the places be named for?)

    March 17, 2009