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A usually crystal collar on a candle socket used to catch drippings or to hold suspended pendants.

[French bobèche.]
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(bəʊˈbɛʃ; bəʊˈbeɪʃ)
a cup or ring around the socket of a candlestick, intended to catch dripping wax
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a cupped ring placed over the socket of a candleholder to catch the drippings of a candle.
[1895–1900; < French]
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