Sep 5, 2006

Rapid Rhetoric: DAPIFER

This is an irregular feature - both in frequency and oddness - dedicated to a word I came across that I have never previously used.

dapifer - n. the bearer of meat to a table; chief steward.

The word dapifer is of Latin origin, combining the words daps ("a feast" or "a banquet") and ferre ("to bear" or "to exhibit"). Typically the main meat dish would be presented by the most important of servants, noting both the steward's position in a royal or noble household and that the main dish was being served.

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