Word of the Day – Ratite

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Ratite (adj)

ra-tite

From ornothology, having a flat breastbone with a keel and so unable to fly.

Ratite describes flightless birds, as opposed to carinate birds, which are birds that have flight.

Example sentences

“The emu can run fast but it’s still ratite.”

Word of the Day – Sumptuary

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Sumptuary (adj) (historical)

sump-too-ur-ee

Relating to or denoting laws that limit private expenditure on food and personal items.

Early 17th century: from Latin sumptuarius, from sumptus ‘cost, expenditure’, from sumere ‘take’.

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Word of the Day – Symposium

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Symposium (noun)

sim-poe-zee-um

A conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject./ A collection of essays or papers on a particular subject by a number of contributors.

Late 16th century (denoting a drinking party): via Latin from Greek sumposion, from sumpotēs ‘fellow drinker’, from sun- ‘together’ + potēs ‘drinker’.

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