Word of the Day – Decalcomania

By April 23, 2018Word of the Day
book of the month

Decalcomania (noun)


The process of transferring designs from prepared paper on to glass or porcelain.

Mid 19th century: from French décalcomanie, from décalquer ‘transfer a tracing’ + -manie ‘-mania’ (with reference to the enthusiasm for the process in the 1860s).

Example sentences

“His decalcomania technique is unique in the art world.”

Word of the Day – Drongo

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Drongo (noun) (NZ) dron-go A stupid or incompetent person. Mid 19th century: from Malagasy. drongo (sense 2) is said to be from the name of an Australian racehorse of the…

Word of the Day – Carinate

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Carinate (adj) ka-rin-ayt Having a keel-like ridge. (of a bird) having a deep ridge on the breastbone for the attachment of flight muscles. Contrast Ratite. Late 18th century: from Latin…

Word of the Day – Poppycock

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Poppycock (noun) pop-ee-kok Nonsense. Mid 19th century: from Dutch dialect pappekak, from pap ‘soft’ + kak ‘dung’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Gerundive

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Gerundive (noun) (grammar) jer-un-div A form of a Latin verb, ending in -ndus (declinable) and functioning as an adjective meaning ‘that should or must be done’. Middle English (in the…

Word of the Day – Elucidation

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Elucidation (noun) e-loo-sid-ay-shun Explanation that makes something clear; clarification. Mid 16th century: from late Latin elucidat- ‘made clear’, from the verb elucidare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + lucidus…

Word of the Day – Explicandum

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Explicandum (noun) (philosophy) eks-plik-an-dum The fact, thing, or expression which is to be explained or explicated. Mid 19th century: Latin, ‘something to be explained’, neuter gerundive of explicare. (more…)

Word of the Day – Defang

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Defang (verb) dee-fang Make (something) harmless or ineffectual. Poetic, as in to remove the fangs from. (more…)

Word of the Day – Muleteer

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Muleteer (noun) Moo-le-teer A person who drives mules. Mid 16th century: from French muletier, from mulet, diminutive of Old French mul ‘mule’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Paradisiacal

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Paradisiacal (adj) pa-rad-ais-ay-ik-al (of a place or state) ideal or idyllic; heavenly. From paradise. Middle English: from Old French paradis, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek paradeisos ‘royal (enclosed) park’, from…

Leave a Reply