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parasol \ ˈper-ə-ˌsȯl , -ˌsäl , ˈpa-rə- \ noun

: a hand-held collapsible source of shade

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The word parasol has appeared in 19 articles on nytimes.com in the past year, including on Dec. 3 in the television review “‘Outlander’ Season 3, Episode 12: A Touch Strange” by Genevieve Valentine:

Claire’s small rebellions against the past are very telling. We know why Claire is bristling against the constraints of the past — she’s had plenty of reasons to resent the 18th century. On the other hand, signaling she doesn’t care about being “respectable” by ditching her parasol is just going to leave her with a sunburn and a lot of British soldiers who can provide her description to Captain Leonard.

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