Word of the Day – Monodactyl

By September 10, 2017Word of the Day

Monodactyl (noun)


A condition in which there is only one finger or toe on each hand or foot.

Late 19th century: from monodactyl (from Greek monodaktulos ‘one-fingered’) + -y.

Example sentences

“Though horses are mondactyl creatures, researchers think they once had many toes.”

Word of the Day – Defunct

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Defunct (adj)


No longer existing or functioning.

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘deceased’): from Latin defunctus ‘dead’, past participle of defungi ‘carry out, finish’, from de- (expressing reversal) + fungi ‘perform’.

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Word of the Day – Ordinally

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Ordinally (adverb)


With regard to, or at the level of, orders in a taxonomic system; according to an ordinal number, system, etc.; on an ordinal scale; with regard to order.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Edinburgh Review. From ordinal + -ly.

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