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Word of the Day: Puce
 
Pronunciation: /pyoos/
 
Definition: (noun, adj)
 
1) a dark red or brownish purple color.
2) of a dark or brownish purple.
 
Etymology: late 18th century: from French, literally ‘flea(-color),’ from Latin pulex, pulic- .

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Word of the Day: Bobbery
 
Pronunciation: /BOB-uh-ree/
 
Definition: (noun, adj)
 
1) Squabble; commotion; confusion.
2) A disturbance; brawl.
3) (Hunting) Also called: bobbery pack a mixed pack of hunting dogs, often not belonging to any of the hound breeds
4) a noisy commotion
5) noisy or excitable
 
Etymology: A corruption of Hindi “bap re” (literally, oh father!), an exclamation of surprise, grief, etc., from bap (father) + re (oh). Earliest documented use: 1816.

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Word of the Day: Miscible
 
Pronunciation: /MIS-uh-buhl/
 
Definition: (adj)
 
1) Capable of being mixed together.
2) (of liquids) forming a homogeneous mixture when added together.
3) capable of mixing in any ratio without separation of two phases.
 
Etymology: From Latin miscere (to mix), ultimately from the Indo-European root meik- (to mix), which is also the source of mix, miscellaneous, meddle, medley, promiscuous, melee, mustang, admix, immix, and panmixia. Earliest documented use: 1570.

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Word of the Day: Bromidic
 
Pronunciation: (broh-MID-ik)
 
Definition: (adj)
 
1) Commonplace; trite.
2) pertaining or proper to a platitude; being a bromide
3) lacking in originality
4) given to uttering bromides
5) dull and tiresome but with pretensions of significance or originality
 
Etymology: From the former use of bromide compounds as sedatives. Bromine got its name from the Greek bromos (stench) due to its strong smell. Earliest documented use: 1906.

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Word of the Day: Smaragdine
Pronunciation: /smuh-rag-din/
Definition: (adj, noun)
 
1) emerald-green in color.
2) of or relating to emeralds.
3) Rare. smaragd.
 
Etymology: 1350-1400; Middle English: smaragd < Latin smaragdīnus < Greek smarágdinos, equivalent to smáragd (os) emerald + -inos -ine

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Word of the Day: Anthophilous
 
Pronunciation: /anˈTHäfələs/
 
Definition: (adj)
 
1) attracted by or living among flowers.
2) feeding on flowers, as certain insects.
3) (of insects or other animals) frequenting flowers.
 
Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek anthos + English -philous

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Word of the Day: Analphabetic
 
Pronunciation: (an-al-fuh-BET-ik)
 
Definition: (adj, noun)
 
1) Illiterate.
2) Not alphabetical.
3) Representing sounds by composite signs rather than by single letters or symbols.
4) An illiterate person.
 
Etymology: From Greek analphabetos (not knowing the alphabet), from an- (not) + alphabetos (alphabet), from alpha + beta. Earliest documented use: 1876.

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Word of the Day: Cimmerian
 
Pronunciation: \sə-ˈmir-ē-ən\
 
Defintion: (adj, noun)
 
1) very dark; gloomy: deep, Cimmerian caverns.
 
2) Classical Mythology. of, relating to, or suggestive of a western people believed to dwell in perpetual darkness.
 
3) (Greek myth) one of a people who lived in a land of darkness at the edge of the world
 
4) relating to or denoting members of an ancient nomadic people who overran Asia Minor in the 7th century BC.
 
5) (Greek myth) relating to or denoting members of a mythical people who lived in perpetual mist and darkness near the land of the dead.
 
Etymology: [1590–1600; < Latin Cimmeri(us) < Greek Kimmérioi a mythical people mentioned in the Odyssey who lived where the sun never shone]

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Word of the Day: Irenic
 
Pronunciation: /eye-REN-ik/
 
Defintion: (adj, noun)
 
1) favoring, conducive to, or operating toward peace, moderation, or conciliation
 
2) aiming or aimed at peace.
 
3) a part of Christian theology concerned with reconciling different denominations and sects.
 
Etymology: mid 19th century: from Greek eirēnikos, from eirēnē ‘peace.’

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Word of the Day: Panurgic
 
Pronunciation: /panˈəːdʒɪk/
 
Definition: (adjective)
 
1) able or ready to do anything
2) skilled in all kinds of work
 
Etymology: Late 19th century; earliest use found in John Morley (1838–1923), politician and writer. From ancient Greek πανοῦργος ready to do anything, knavish + -ic, perhaps after Panurgic.