Word of the Day

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: Coze
 
Pronunciation: /kohz/
 
Definition: (noun, verb)
 
1) a friendly talk; a chat.
2) to converse in a friendly way; chat.
3) an intimate friendly chat
4) a state of comfort and warmth
5) to chat in an intimate and friendly manner
 
Etymology: Coze came to English in the 1820s from French causer “to chat,” from Old French “to reason, expound.” Ultimately coze derives from Latin causārī “to plead a cause, plead as an excuse.”

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Word of the Day: Colporteur
 
Pronunciation: /ˈkälpôrdər,ˌkälpôrˈtər/
 
Definition: (noun)
 
1) a person who peddles books, newspapers, or other writings, especially bibles and religious tracts
 
Etymology: late 18th century: French, from the verb colporter, probably an alteration of comporter, from Latin comportare ‘carry with one.’

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Word of the Day: Hemidemisemiquaver
 
Pronunciation: (hem-ee-dem-ee-SEM-ee-kway-vuhr)
 
Definition: (noun)
 
1) A sixty-fourth note.
 
Etymology:
 
From Greek hemi- (half) + French demi- (half) + Latin semi- (half) + quaver (an eighth note), from Middle English quaveren (to shake or tremble). Earliest documented use: 1853.