Word of the Day – Patrin

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Patrin (noun)


A marker made from leaves and twigs left by gypsies to indicate the direction taken and travelling group.

Late 19th century; earliest use found in George Whyte-Melville (1821–1878), novelist and poet. From Welsh Romani patrin leaf, patrin from Balkan Romani patrí from Sanskrit patrikā, diminutive of patra leaf, feather.

Example sentences

“The four twigs in the patrin indicates four caravans.”

Word of the Day – Zeitgeber

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Zeitgaber (noun)


A rhythmically occurring natural phenomenon which acts as a cue in the regulation of the body’s circadian rhythms.

1950s: from German Zeitgeber, from Zeit ‘time’ + Geber ‘giver’.

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