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But it had halted just beyond the niche, not coming out very far.

All the others had gone, and I was quite alone with her and the Holy Virgin in the niche.

The world, he found, made a niche for him as it did for every one.

The front is stuccoed, and in a niche there is a group of Virgin and Child.

Cowper says every one falls "just in the niche he was ordained to fill."

He 196 had covered every inch of wall and every niche, and this was all!

With curiosity and wonder we scanned every shelf and niche of the last descent.

There it is placed in its niche, and no one suspects the mishap.

The Greek Slave adorns simply a niche in some palace of art.

At that instant the telephone bell in a niche in the hallway sounded.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, "shallow recess in a wall," from French niche "recess (for a dog), kennel" (14c.), perhaps from Italian nicchia "niche, nook," from nicchio "seashell," said by Klein and Barnhart to be probably from Latin mitulus "mussel," but the change of -m- to -n- is not explained. Watkins suggests that the word is from an Old French noun derived from nichier "to nestle, nest, build a nest," via Gallo-Romance *nidicare from Latin nidus "nest;" but that has difficulties, too. Figurative sense is first recorded 1725. Biological use dates from 1927.

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