Her fabulous gargoyle nef

  • panjandrum

    Occasional Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    nef (noun)
    A table ornament in the shape of a ship, usually made of intricately worked silver and originally used to hold condiments, table napkins, etc.
    I've never heard of it.
    I imagine a gargoyle nef being a nef with a gargoyle at the bow of the ship.


    Senior Member
    English - Canadian
    First, thanks for the link to Jonah! The work is unfamiliar to me, and is a delightful compendium of bizarre and extravagant vocabulary - words like rutilant, spilth, nard, gallipot, fard, etc. etc. etc.

    Additionally, the following lines caught my eye, and brought a good early-morning chuckle:
    Beauty for some provides escape
    Who gain a happiness in eyeing
    The gorgeous buttocks of the ape
    Or autumn sunsets exquisitely dying

    Anyway, I'm not entirely sure of the meaning in context of "gargoyle nef" but I did find "nef" defined as "a silver or gold table furnishing in the form of a ship, either for holding various utensils or for decoration."

    Hope this helps
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