Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Alembic
 
Pronunciation: /uh-LEM-bik
 
Definition: (noun)
 
1. A vessel with a beaked cap or head, an apparatus formerly used in distilling.
2. Something that refines, purifies, or transforms.
 
Etymology: From Old French, from Latin alembicus, from Arabic al-anbiq (the still), from Greek ambix (cup). Earliest documented use: 1405.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Cramoisy
 
Pronunciation: /KRAM-oi-zee, kruh-MOI-/
 
Definition: (adj, noun)
 
1) Of a crimson color.
2) Crimson cloth.
 
Etymology: From French cramoisi, from Spanish carmesi, from Arabic qirmizi (of kermes). Earliest documented use: 1423.