Word of the Day – Mephitic

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Mephitic (adj)


Foul smelling; noxious (especially of gas/vapours)

Early 17th century: from late Latin mephiticus, from mephitis ‘noxious exhalation’.

Example sentences

“We were left, choking in a fog of mephitic gas.”

Word of the Day – Zeitgeber

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Zeitgaber (noun)


A rhythmically occurring natural phenomenon which acts as a cue in the regulation of the body’s circadian rhythms.

1950s: from German Zeitgeber, from Zeit ‘time’ + Geber ‘giver’.

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