PRONUNCIATION: (OM-bruh-fyoozh)

MEANING: noun: Something that provides protection from the rain, especially an umbrella.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek ombro- (rain shower) + -fuge (repelling). Earliest documented use: 1869.

HOMBRIFUGE - Señor is running away

UMBRIFUGE - a spinning device to mix brown crayons

OMB REFUGE - a place of shelter from the government's Office of Management and Budget


PS: I thought an "umbrella" something that, by providing shade (umbra), protected from the sun like a "parasol," rather than from the rain? Or do shade and rainshowers share a common derivation?