Word of the Day – Quiddity

By November 9, 2017Word of the Day

Quiddity (noun)

kwid-it-ee

The very essence of; the inherent nature of something or someone.

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin quidditas, from Latin quid ‘what’.

Example sentences

“It is the quiddity of a shark to harm those in its territory.”

“It’s just part of his quiddities and quirks.”

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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