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 – Machree

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Machree (noun) (Irish/Scots)

ma’k-ree

As a form of address: my dear. Now chiefly in “Mother Machree”, expressing (usually ironically) a stereotyped conception of Celtic or Irish identity.

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Irish Hudibras. From Irish mo chroí (Scottish Gaelic mo chridhe) my heart, my beloved from mo my + croí (Scottish Gaelic cridhe) heart from Early Irish cride heart, cognate with heart [interjection, adverb].

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Word of the Day – Lixiviate

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Lixiviate (verb) (chemistry) (archaic)

lik-siv-ee-ayt

Separate (a substance) into soluble and insoluble constituents by the percolation of liquid.

Mid 17th century: from modern Latin lixiviat- ‘impregnated with lye’, from the verb lixiviare, from lixivius ‘made into lye’, from lix ‘lye’.

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