Word of the Day – Intumesce

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Intumesce (verb) (rare)


Swell up.

Late 18th century: from Latin intumescere, from in- ‘into’ + tumescere ‘begin to swell’ (from tumere ‘swell’).

Example sentences

“He just went on and on, insistent to intumesce my rage!”

Word of the Day – Ecdysis

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Ecdysis (noun)


The process of shedding the old skin (in reptiles) or casting off the outer cuticle (in insects and other arthropods).

Mid 19th century: from Greek ekdusis, from ekduein ‘put off’, from ek- ‘out, off’ + duein ‘put’.

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