Word of the Day – Hypnagogic

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Hypnagogic (adj)

hip-na-godj-ik

Relating to the state immediately before falling asleep.

Late 19th century: from French hypnagogique, from Greek hupnos ‘sleep’ + agōgos ‘leading’ (from agein ‘to lead’).

Example sentences

“Sleep paralysis mostly occurs when people are in the hypnagogic state.”

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Word of the Day – Drongo

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Word of the Day – Carinate

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Word of the Day – Poppycock

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Word of the Day – Gerundive

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Word of the Day – Elucidation

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Word of the Day – Explicandum

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