capsule

Lemma

capsule

Etichetta di dominio

EN

Etichetta grammaticale

n.

Definizione

The metal or plastic material that covers the cork and top of a wine bottle. 1

Nota

Now used for decorative purposes more than anything, capsules originally functioned as a means of protecting corks in old cellars from being attacked by insects, etc. 2

Contesto

Historically, the capsule was made of lead, but because of the health concerns the lead has been replaced by plastic, tin, aluminium, or composites. 3

Trascrizione fonetica

[ˈkæp.sjuːl] 4

Sinonimi e Antonimi
ND
Abbreviazioni
ND
Etimologia

1652, from Fr. capsule "a membranous sac," from L. capsula dim. of capsa "box, case, chest" [...]. Medical sense is 1875; shortened form cap is from 1942. Sense in space capsule is first recorded 1954. Capsulize, of news, etc., is from 1950. 5

Etichetta di paese
ND
Ente

Università degli Studi di Genova, Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature Straniere

Data della scheda
Wed Jul 8 00:00:00 2009
Autore

Maria Pia Tala rev. Gerbaudo

Fonti

1 : «http://en.mimi.hu/wine/capsule.html », (08/07/2009)

2 : «http://en.mimi.hu/wine/capsule.html », (08/07/2009)

3 : «http://wineenabler.com/wine-101-glossary/capsule/», (08/07/2009)

4 : «http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/capsule_1?q=capsule», (17/10/2011)

5 : «http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=capsule&searchmode=none», (16/10/2009)

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