Word of the Day

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: Logomachy
 
Pronunciation: /lōˈɡäməkē/
 
Definition: (noun)
 
1) an argument about words
 
Etymology: mid 16th century: from Greek logomakhia, from logos ‘word’ + -makhia ‘fighting.’

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Word of the Day: Cacoethes
 
Pronunciation: /ˌkakəˈwēT͟Hēz/
 
Definition: (noun)
 
1) An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable.
 
Etymology: Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek kakoēthes ‘ill-disposed’, from kakos ‘bad’ + ēthos ‘disposition’.