WebDef: Nosegay

Nose·gay /ˈnōzˌɡā/ – Noun: A small, sweetly scented bunch of flowers, used to offset unpleasant odors.

The word "nosegay" is from Middle English, meaning "ornament for the nose." The little, fragrant bouquets were customary in Europe in the middle ages, before the widespread installation of plumbing. They were helpful in offsetting the often overwhelming "scent" of city life.

In southern India, the custom is to wear beautiful strands of jasmine, pictured below. It also occurs to us that having Jesus in your life can be like having a nosegay in your hair. . . a beautiful scent of jasmine changes the way the world is perceived, in a really tangible way.




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