email fish in the email sea
Reading through some of Ezra Pound's early poems, and surprised at how bad most of them were, I came across this stanza (one of the better ones):
There are there many rooms and all of gold,
Of woven walls deep patterned, of email,
Of beaten work; and through the claret stone,
Set to some weaving, comes the aureate light.
Which meant that the Ezra Pound in my head started reading in a Strong Bad voice. But the OED says:
email: [Fr., = enamel.] Used attrib. in email ink, ink used on glass, porcelain, etc.; email ombrant Pottery, a process in which the impressions of the design appear as shadows (see quots. a1877 and 1957).
a1877 KNIGHTDict. Mech. I. 796/1 Email-ombrant, a process which consists in flooding colored but transparent glasses over designs stamped in the body of earthenware or porcelain.
I'll be in Wisconsin until Tuesday [dairy joke].