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March 9, 2014

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An umbrella or parasol (also called a brolly, parapluie, rain shade, sun shade, gamp, bumbershoot, or umbrolly) is a canopy designed to protect against rainor sunlight. The word parasol usually refers to an item designed to protect from the sun; umbrella refers to a device more suited to protect from rain. Often the difference is the material; some parasols are not waterproof. Parasols are often meant to be fixed to one point and often used with patio tables or other outdoor furniture. Umbrellas are almost exclusively hand-held portable devices; however, parasols can also be hand-held. The collapsible (or folding) umbrella originated from China, and had sliding levers similar to those in use of today.

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The word umbrella comes from the Latin word umbra, meaning shade or shadow (the Latin word, in turn, derives from the Ancient Greek ómbros) Brolly is a slang word for umbrella, used often in Britain, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Kenya. Bumbershoot is a fanciful Americanism from the late 19th century.

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“Parasol” from “para” meaning to stop or to shield and “sol” meaning sun. The word “umbrella” evolved from the Latin “umbella” (an “umbel” is a flat-topped rounded flower) or “umbra”, meaning “shaded.”

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In Britain, umbrellas are sometimes called “gamps” after the character Mrs. Gamp in the Charles Dickens novel Martin Chuzzlewit. Mrs. Gamp’s character was well known for carrying an umbrella.

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In the sculptures at Nineveh the parasol appears frequently. Austen Henry Layard gives a picture of a bas-relief representing a king in his chariot, with an attendant holding a parasol over his head.

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