Word of the Day – Phenotype

By March 10, 2019 Word of the Day

Phenotype (noun) (biology)


The set of observable characteristics of an individual resulting from the interaction of its genotype with the environment.

Early 20th century: from German Phaenotypus (see pheno-, type).

Example sentences

“A classic forward genetics approach relies on the identification of observable mutant phenotypes.”

Word of the Day – Swive

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Swive (verb) (archaic) (humorous) swai-v Have sexual intercourse with. Middle English: apparently from the Old English verb swīfan ‘move (along a course), sweep’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Progeny

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Progeny (noun) proj-en-ee A descendant or the descendants of a person, animal, or plant; offspring. Middle English: from Old French progenie, from Latin progenies, from progignere ‘beget’ (see progenitor). (more…)

Word of the Day – Harridan

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Harridan (noun) ha-rid-an A strict, bossy, or belligerent old woman. Late 17th century (originally slang): perhaps from French haridelle ‘old horse’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Somnambulant

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Somnambulant (adj) som-nam-boo-lant Resembling or characteristic of a sleepwalker; sluggish. (more…)

Word of the Day – Comestible

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Comestible (noun) (archaic) (humorous) kom-est-ibl An item of food Late 15th century: from Old French, from medieval Latin comestibilis, from Latin comest- ‘eaten up’, from the verb comedere, from com-…

Word of the Day – Tumescent

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Tumescent (adj) toom-es-unt Swollen or becoming swollen, especially as a response to sexual arousal. (especially of language or literary style) pompous or pretentious. Mid 19th century: from Latin tumescent- ‘beginning…

Word of the Day – Provocatrix

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Provocatrix (noun) (rare) prov-ok-a-triks A female provoker Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Daily Chronicle. From post-classical Latin provocatrix (Vulgate), feminine form corresponding to classical Latin prōvocātor: see…

Word of the Day – Cantle

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Cantle (noun) kan-tl The raised curved part at the back of a horse's saddle. Middle English (in the sense ‘a corner’): from Anglo-Norman French cantel, variant of Old French chantel,…

Word of the Day – Impervious

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Impervious (adj) im-pur-vee-us Not allowing fluid to pass through. Unable to be affected by. Mid 17th century: from Latin impervius (from in- ‘not’ + pervius ‘pervious’) + -ous. (more…)

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