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    Isn't there another name for the glass windows in churches?

    I keep coming up with just "stained glass," but for some reason, I could swear there was a different (prettier-ish) name for it.

    Am I thinking something's there when it's not?



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    Re: Isn't there another name for the glass windows in churches?

    Patrick, our church features a huge stained glass window that's broken into sections depicting scenes. They call it The Poor Man's Bible. I don't know if that helps.
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    Re: Isn't there another name for the glass windows in churches?

    Google Canterbury poor man's bible and check out the images. Sorry if that doesn't help.
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    Re: Isn't there another name for the glass windows in churches?

    Hi.

    Another name for stained glass windows is leadlights.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Isn't there another name for the glass windows in churches?

    The words stained glass are so evocative. A few adjectives (perhaps placement, brilliant color, depiction of scene, etc) will add pretty-ness. This is a case where using an exotic word or phrase works against you (the writer.)

    Reread and absorb guiding principle of Elements of Style.

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    Re: Isn't there another name for the glass windows in churches?

    The individual panes of a stained glass window are called lights or panels, I believe. A rather awkward alternative name for stained glass window is illuminated decoration. With a little artistic license you could call the window an illumination, I suppose.

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    Re: Isn't there another name for the glass windows in churches?

    Leaded mosaics of stained glass!

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    Re: Isn't there another name for the glass windows in churches?

    I don't see anything wrong with using "stained glass windows", but if it really bothers you, you could use the windows as a literary element without using that phrase. For example:

    The sun shone through a window depicting Judas's betrayal of Christ, and bathed Matthew Johnson in a mosaic of color.

    You see? No "stained glass window", you imply something sinister about Matthew Johnson, and the reader knows it's a stained glass window.

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    Re: Isn't there another name for the glass windows in churches?

    Hey, thanks all!

    Sorry I hadn't responded earlier. This is just one of those not-gets that bothered me. Though, that none of you knew of any other names pretty much assures me that there is NO other name for it (than the generic stained glass). Maybe back in my "experimental" college days, I went thru something and visualized something more "prettier-ish."

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