Word of the Day – Gossamer

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Gossamer (noun)

goss-u-mah

A fine, filmy substance consisting of cobwebs spun by small spiders, seen especially in autumn. Or, a light, thin, and insubstantial or delicate material or substance.

apparently from goose + summer, perhaps from the time of year around St Martin’s summer, i.e. early November, when geese were eaten

Example sentences

“Flying on gossamer wings”

“I found myself caught up, gossamer wrapped around my clothes.”

Word of the Day – Abreption

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Abreption (noun) (rare)

a-brep-shun

To snatch something away, an instance of complete separation and removal.

Mid 16th century. From post-classical Latin abreption-, abreptio action of snatching away (636 in Isidore; also in an undated inscription) from classical Latin abrept-, past participial stem of abripere + -iō.

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Word of the Day – Grandiloquent

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Grandiloquent (adj)

gran-di-lo-kwent

Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress.

Late 16th century: from Latin grandiloquus, literally ‘grand-speaking’, from grandis ‘grand’ + loqui ‘speak’. The ending was altered in English by association with eloquent.

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