Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Drupe
 
Pronunciation: /droop/
 
Definition: (noun)
 
1) Any fruit, as a peach, cherry, plum, etc., consisting of an outer skin, a usually pulpy and succulent middle layer, and a hard and woody inner shell usually enclosing a single seed.
 
Etymology: mid 18th century: from Latin drupa ‘overripe olive,’ from Greek druppa ‘olive.’
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Word of the Day: Extrude
 
Pronunciation: \ik-ˈstrüd\
 
Defintion: (verb)
 
1) Form or shape by forcing through an opening.
2) Thrust or force out.
3) Expel.
4) To shape (a substance, such as metal or plastic) by forcing through a die.
 
Etymology: mid 16th century: from Latin extrudere, from ex- ‘out’ + trudere ‘to thrust.’

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Word of the Day: Perfidious
 
Pronunciation: /pərˈfidēəs/
 
Definition: (adj)
 
1) Deceitful and untrustworthy
2) Deliberately faithless
3) Treacherous
 
Etymology: Late 16th century: from Latin perfidiosus, from perfidia ‘treachery.

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Word of the Day: Bucolic
 
Pronunciation: /byoo-KAH-lik/
 
Definition: (adj)
 
1) of or relating to shepherds or herdsmen : pastoral
2) relating to or typical of rural life
3) pleasing or picturesque in natural simplicity : idyllic
 
Etymology: early 16th century (denoting a pastoral poem): via Latin from Greek boukolikos, from boukolos ‘herdsman,’ from bous ‘ox.’

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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.

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Word of the Day: Myrmidon
 
Pronunciation: (MUHR-mi-dahn, -duhn)
 
Definition: (noun)
 
1) one who unquestioningly follows orders.
2) a member of a warlike Thessalian people led by Achilles at the siege of Troy.
3) a hired ruffian or unscrupulous subordinate.
 
Etymology: In Greek mythology, the Myrmidons were led by Achilles in the Trojan War. The name is possibly from Greek myrmex (ant). In a version of the story, Zeus created Myrmidons from ants. Earliest documented use: 1425.

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Word of the Day: Biennial
 
Pronunciation: \bī-ˈe-nē-əl\
 
Definition: (adj, noun)
 
1) occurring every second year
2) having a life cycle lasting two seasons
3) an event that occurs every two years
4) (botany) a plant having a life cycle that normally takes two seasons from germination to death to complete; flowering biennials usually bloom and fruit in the second season
 
Etymology: Early 17th century: from Latin biennis (from bi- ‘twice’ + annus ‘year’) + -al.