Word of the Day – Vinification

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Vinification (noun)

vin-if-ik-ay-shun

The conversion of grape juice or other vegetable extract into wine by fermentation.

Example sentences

“Changes in the vinification process through the years have affected quality.”

Word of the Day – Sinecure

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Sinecure (noun) sai-ne-cure A position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit. Mid 17th century: from Latin sine cura ‘without care’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Plantigrade

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Plantigrade (adj) plan-ti-gray-d (of a mammal) walking on the soles of the feet, like a human or a bear. Mid 19th century: from French, from modern Latin plantigradus, from Latin…

Word of the Day – Connubial

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Connubial (adj) kon-oo-bee-al Relating to marriage or the relationship between a married couple; conjugal. Mid 17th century: from Latin connubialis, from connubium ‘marriage’, from con- ‘with’ + nubere ‘marry’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Drongo

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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

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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

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Poppycock (noun) pop-ee-kok Nonsense. Mid 19th century: from Dutch dialect pappekak, from pap ‘soft’ + kak ‘dung’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Gerundive

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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

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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

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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…)

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