Word of the Day – Phenotype

By March 10, 2019 Word of the Day

Phenotype (noun) (biology)

fee-no-tipe

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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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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