Word of the Day – Napiform

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Napiform (adj)

nai-pi-form

Having the form, shape, or appearance of a turnip; (specifically in Botany, of a root, spore, etc.) round above and tapering below.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Alphonso Wood (1810–1881), botanist. From nape + -iform.

Example sentences

“They’re all napiform, they’ll be hard to stack.”

Word of the Day – Shibboleth

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Shibboleth (noun)

shib-oh-leth

A custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important.

Mid 17th century: from Hebrew šibbōleṯ ‘ear of corn’, used as a test of nationality by its difficult pronunciation (Judg. 12:6).

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Word of the Day – Symposium

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Symposium (noun)

sim-poe-zee-um

A conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject./ A collection of essays or papers on a particular subject by a number of contributors.

Late 16th century (denoting a drinking party): via Latin from Greek sumposion, from sumpotēs ‘fellow drinker’, from sun- ‘together’ + potēs ‘drinker’.

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