Word of the Day – Rictus

By November 21, 2017Word of the Day

Rictus (noun)

rik-tus

A fixed grimace or grin.

Early 19th century: from Latin, literally ‘open mouth’, from rict- ‘gaped’, from the verb ringi.

Example sentences

“They stood, faces frozen in rictus through sheer terror.”

Word of the Day – Palomino

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Palomino (noun)

pa-lo-mee-no

A pale golden or tan-coloured horse or pony with a white mane and tail, originally bred in the south-western US.

Early 20th century: from Latin American Spanish, from Spanish palomino ‘young pigeon’, from Latin palumbinus ‘resembling a dove’.

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