Word of the Day – Paterfamilias

By December 13, 2017Word of the Day

Paterfamilias (noun)


The head of the family or household

Latin, literally ‘father of the family’.

Example sentences

“Grace should be read by the paterfamilias of the family.”

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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