Word of the Day – Chabazite

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Chabazite (noun)

kab-a-zy-t

A colourless, pink, or yellow zeolite mineral, typically occurring as rhombohedral crystals.

Early 19th century: from French chabazie, from Greek khabazie, a misreading of khalazie, vocative form of khalazios ‘hailstone’

Example sentences

“We found the chabazite crystals the moment we went deeper into the caves.”

Word of the Day – Rampallion

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Rampallion (noun) (rare) (archaic)

ram-pal-ee-un

A ruffian, a villain, a rascal.

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nashe (d. c1601), writer. Origin uncertain. Perhaps from ramp + -allion, perhaps showing alteration of rascallion by association with ramp. Perhaps compare later ramscallion, rapscallion, tatterdemalion.

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Word of the Day – Paraph

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Paraph (noun)

pa-raf

A flourish at the end of a signature, usually as a precaution against forgery.

Late Middle English (denoting a paragraph): from French paraphe, from medieval Latin paraphus (contraction of paragraphus ‘short horizontal stroke’).

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