Word of the Day – Recto

By January 20, 2020Word of the Day

Recto (noun)


A right-hand page of an open book, or the front of a loose document.

Early 19th century from Latin recto (folio) ‘on the right (leaf)’.

Example sentences

“The story shows text on both the recto and the verso.”

Word of the Day – Revulsant

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Revulsant (noun)(historic) (rare) ree-vul-sant A medicine or treatment used to produce revulsion; a revulsive; a counterirritant. Early 19th century. From revulse + -ant. (more…)

Word of the Day – Quop

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Quop (verb) (British regional) kwop To tremble, wriggle, writhe; to throb, pulsate, palpitate. English regional in later use. Late Middle English; earliest use found in The Wycliffite Bible (early version).…

Word of the Day – Trimaran

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Word of the Day – Adhan

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Word of the Day – Splay

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Word of the Day – Arctophile

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Word of the Day – Acrological

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Word of the Day – Jemmy

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Word of the Day – Rancidification

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