Word of the Day – Paterfamilias

By December 13, 2017Word of the Day

Paterfamilias (noun)

pay-tuh-fam-il-ee-as

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)

ek-die-sis

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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