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umbrella, a small canopy used as a protection against the sun in China, Egypt, and elsewhere in remote antiquity. It was often an emblem of rank. During the Middle Ages the umbrella became almost extinct in Europe; its usefulness was not rediscovered until the late 16th cent., when it was introduced as the parapluie (Fr.,=against the rain). Its use did not become general, however, until the late 18th cent., when it is said to have been introduced in England by Jonas Hanway; umbrellas were first manufactured on the Continent after 1787. Their construction has not varied greatly through the ages though modern materials, such as steel for the ribs and synthetic fabrics for the covering, have replaced the oiled paper, bamboo, and wood of the ancient versions. In the mid-19th cent. the parasol (Fr.,=against the sun) emerged, distinguished from the umbrella in being solely a sunshade, and became, until the coming of the automobile, a necessary accessory of dress. Within the obvious limitations of its form, the modern umbrella has taken on a variety of shapes, from nearly flat to the long, curved bird-cage design.
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What does it mean when you dream about an umbrella?

The open umbrella protects the dreamer from the waters of the emotional unconscious when the unconscious showers its lessons upon the conscious self. If the umbrella is closed and the water freely pours upon the dreamer, it indicates that the dreamer is open to his or her feelings and emotional needs.

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Zoology the flattened cone-shaped contractile body of a jellyfish or other medusa
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In dreams, umbrellas usually symbolize the device that the conscious mind uses to protect itself from the unconscious. Umbrellas might symbolize our unwillingness to deal with negative emotions, psychological baggage, or trauma. If the umbrella is opened, you may be protecting yourself from unconscious materials. If the umbrella is closed, then you may be prepared and be willing to deal with the unfamiliar psyche. Old dream interpretations say that the umbrella is the symbol of security. If the umbrella is broken or turned inside out, your ultimate achievement is possible but delayed.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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Between the top of Orion and Zeta (Q Tauri, the southern horn-tip of Taurus, is a 7[degrees] sprawl of three star streams forming the Beach Umbrella, another reminder of summer.
We wander the lands, encountering iguanas and lizards sunning themselves, thatched roof beach umbrellas overlooking a quiet coast and pelicans dive-bombing for fish, just inches from our gorgeous beachfront that never seems crowded.
Among its offerings are items with beach and water motifs, such as Sun Screen, which features a beach umbrella in the lower right corner, and Sailing, with a sailboat.
Like the sun setting behind your beach umbrella, Labor Day signals the end of summer and sounds the official call back to business.
NO-AD products with low sun protection factors (SPFs) have a beach chair icon, while those with higher SPFs sport a beach umbrella. Products for children feature a beach ball icon, sports products a bicycle, and sunless products feature a sunburst behind clouds.
Bonus Answers will vary but may include the following: broad-spectrum sunscreen labeled SPF 15 or higher, beach umbrella, flip-flops, water, UV-proof sunglasses, wide-brim hat, light-color clothing.
I decided to write as the old year rolls into the new and I'm listing my resolutions sitting under a beach umbrella. Incredible as it sounds, charred gum leaves and debris are falling out of a very hazy sky.
It's goodbye rain umbrella - and hello beach umbrella.
The kindly folk in Sonoma erected a beach umbrella during a heat wave, and provided food and water, as well as barriers to keep SUVs or other vehicles from running the duck over.
We had a big green beach umbrella, and under that Mom spread a blanket on which we stood as she covered our fair-skinned bodies with a generous coating of Noxzema.
Early in the morning, we measured the distance from our beach umbrella to the shoreline.