carcanet

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From carcan +‎ -et.

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carcanet (plural carcanets)

  1. (archaic) A richly decorative collar.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet LII:
      Like stones of worth they thinly placed are, / Or captain jewels in the carcanet.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska 2005, p. 136:
      he cared nothing for curiously woven shrouds, and feathered mantles, and carcanets of pearl beads, and jars of quaint pottery [...].
    • 1954 JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring:
      There flying Elwing came to him, / and flame was in the darkness lit; / more bright than light of diamond / the fire upon her carcanet.