Word of the Day – Telamon

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Telamon (noun)

tel-a-mun

A male figure used as a pillar to support an entablature or other structure.

Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek telamōnes, plural of Telamōn, the name of a mythical hero.

Example sentences

“While time has obscured the faces and features, you can still tell the structure is held up by telamon.”

Word of the Day – Defunct

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Defunct (adj)

dee-fun-kt

No longer existing or functioning.

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘deceased’): from Latin defunctus ‘dead’, past participle of defungi ‘carry out, finish’, from de- (expressing reversal) + fungi ‘perform’.

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Word of the Day – Ordinally

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Ordinally (adverb)

aw-din-al-ee

With regard to, or at the level of, orders in a taxonomic system; according to an ordinal number, system, etc.; on an ordinal scale; with regard to order.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Edinburgh Review. From ordinal + -ly.

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