Word of the Day – Carnelian

By November 8, 2018 Word of the Day

Carnelian (noun)


A semi-precious stone consisting of a dull red or reddish-white variety of chalcedony (quartz)

Late Middle English: from Old French corneline; the prefix car- being suggested by Latin caro, carn- ‘flesh’.

Example sentences

“She wore carnelian beads and smelled of salt water.”

Word of the Day – Au Courant

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Au Courant (adj) ow-ku-ran Aware of what is going on; well informed. Fashionable Mid 18th century: from French, literally ‘in the (regular) course’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Couchant

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Couchant (adj) kow-chant (of an animal) lying with the body resting on the legs and the head raised. Late Middle English: French, ‘lying’, present participle of coucher (see couch). (more…)

Word of the Day – Concomitant

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Concomitant (adj) kon-komi-tant Naturally accompanying or associated. Early 17th century: from late Latin concomitant- ‘accompanying’, from concomitari, from con- ‘together with’ + comitari, from Latin comes ‘companion’. (more…)

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Rhotic (adj) row-tik Relating to or denoting a dialect or variety of English (e.g. in most of the US and south-western England) in which r is pronounced before a consonant…

Word of the Day – Recondite

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Recondite (adj) rek-on-dait (of a subject or knowledge) little known; abstruse. Mid 17th century: from Latin reconditus ‘hidden, put away’, past participle of recondere, from re- ‘back’ + condere ‘put…

Word of the Day – Haptic

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Haptic (adj) hap-tik Relating to the sense of touch, in particular relating to the perception and manipulation of objects using the senses of touch and proprioception. Late 19th century: from…

Word of the Day – Diorama

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Diorama (noun) dai-o-ra-ma A model representing a scene with three-dimensional figures, either in miniature or as a large-scale museum exhibit. Early 19th century: coined in French from dia- ‘through’, on…

Word of the Day – Opus

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Opus (noun) o-pus An artistic work, especially one on a large scale. Early 18th century: from Latin, literally ‘work’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Leucistic

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