Word of the Day – Zoonosis

By October 15, 2020Word of the Day

Zoonosis (noun)


A disease which can be transmitted to humans from animals.

Late 19th century from zoo-‘of animals’ + Greek nosos ‘disease’.

Example sentences

“It’s likely that after Covid many other zoonosis will follow.”

Word of the Day – Wraith

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Wraith (noun) ray-th A ghost or ghostlike image of someone, especially one seen shortly before or after their death. Early 16th century (originally Scots): of unknown origin. (more…)

Word of the Day – Shrieval

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Shrieval (adj) sh-reev-al Relating to a sheriff. Late 17th century from shrieve, obsolete variant of sheriff. (more…)

Word of the Day – Drookit

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Drookit (also Droukit) (adj) dru-kit (Scots) Extremely wet; drenched. Early 16th century origin uncertain; cf. Old Norse drukna ‘to be drowned’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Falabella

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Falabella (noun) fal-a-bel-a A horse of a miniature breed, the adult of which does not usually exceed 75 cm in height. 1970s named after Julio Falabella (died 1981), an Argentinian…

Word of the Day – Cyclorama

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Cyclorama (noun) sai-klo-ra-ma A circular picture of a 360° scene, viewed from inside. Mid 19th century from cyclo-, on the pattern of words such as panorama. (more…)

Word of the Day – Seppo

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Seppo (noun) sep-o (informal, Aus slang) An American person. 1980s abbreviation of septic tank, rhyming slang for Yank. (more…)

Word of the Day – Dramaturgy

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Dramaturgy (noun) dram-a-ter-jee The theory and practice of dramatic composition. (more…)

Word of the Day – Irrits

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Irrits (noun) i-rits (Aus, informal) Feelings of extreme annoyance or irritation. 1990s shortening of irritations. (more…)

Word of the Day – Juvenescence

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Juvenescence (noun) jew-ven-es-ens The state or period of being young Early 19th century from Latin juvenescent- ‘reaching the age of youth’, from the verb juvenescere, from juvenis ‘young’. (more…)

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