Word of the Day – Monodactyl

By September 10, 2017Word of the Day

Monodactyl (noun)

mo-no-dak-til

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 – Resipiscence

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Resipiscence (noun)

resi-pisns

Originally: repentance for misconduct; recognition of one’s past misdeeds or errors. Later also: the action or fact of coming to one’s senses, or of returning to a more acceptable opinion.

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Norton (d. 1584), lawyer and writer. From Middle French resipiscence (French résipiscence) action or fact of coming to one’s senses or of returning to a more acceptable opinion, repentance for misconduct or its etymon post-classical Latin resipiscentia repentance from classical Latin resipīscent-, resipīscēns, present participle of resipīscere to regain consciousness, to become sane again, to recover one’s reason, to come to one’s senses again, to see reason + -ia; compare -ence. Compare Spanish resipiscencia, Italian resipiscenza.

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