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PANACHE

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Originally appearing in Volume V20, Page 663 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PANACHE, a French word adapted from Ital. pennachio, Lat. penna, feather, for a plume of feathers on a helmet or hat; the " panache " should be properly distinguished from the " plume," as being a large cluster of feathers fixed on the top of the helmet and flowing over it, the " plume " being a single feather at the side or front. The word " panache " is often used figuratively in French of a flamboyant piece of ornamentation, a " purple patch " in literature, or any exaggerated form of decoration.
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