A person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another.
Middle English: from Old French herbergere, from herbergier ‘provide lodging for’, from herberge ‘lodging’
“People wondered if the heat was just a spring anomaly or a harbinger of summer.”
Opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England.
Antidisestablishmentarianism is very occasionally found in genuine use, but it is most often cited as an example of a very long word. Other similar curiosities are floccinaucinihilipilification and pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (the longest word in this dictionary).
Kickshaw (noun) (archaic)
A fancy but insubstantial cooked dish, especially one of foreign origin. Or, An elegant but insubstantial trinket.
Late 16th century: from French quelque chose ‘something’. The French spelling was common in the 17th century; the present form results from interpretation of quelque chose as plural.
Chimaera (noun) (also Chimera)
(in Greek mythology) a fire-breathing female monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail. (modern biology) An organism containing a mixture of genetically different tissues, formed by processes such as fusion of early embryos, grafting, or mutation.
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek khimaira ‘she-goat or chimaera’.