This word comes from the book I’m currently reading, She by H Rider Haggard, which was first published in 1887. As an side note, it’s been interesting to see some usage of modern colloquialisms that I would have dated to the 20th century. For instance, when the narrator’s adopted son is suffering from a bad fever, he describes him as being ‘off his head’. Also used is the expression ‘to give one the creeps’.

Feel free to post a comment with your own example sentences containing the word ‘epithalamium’. The best one will win a mystery prize.

ep·i·tha·la·mi·um /ˌɛpəθəˈleɪmiəm/

–noun, plural -mi·ums, -mi·a /-miə/


—Related forms
ep·i·tha·lam·ic  /ˌɛpəθəˈlæmɪk/, adjective


ep·i·tha·la·mi·on /ˌɛpəθəˈleɪmiˌɒn, -ən/

–noun, plural -mi·a /-miə/

a song or poem in honor of a bride and bridegroom.

1580–90; < Greek: nuptial, noun use of neuter of epithalámios nuptial. See epi-, thalamus


She shook her heavy tresses, and their perfume filled the place; she struck her little sandalled foot upon the floor, and hummed a snatch of some old Greek epithalamium.

Source: She by H Rider Haggard.