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Word of the Day – Armillary

By December 10, 2023Word of the Day

Armillary (adj)

ahr-mil-uh-ree

consisting of hoops or rings.

Armillary was first recorded around 1655–65 and comes from the Latin word armill(a), “bracelet, hoop,” which is typically worn on the arm. The Latin word armill(a) was formed from the Latin word arm(us), meaning “shoulder,” and the diminutive suffix –illa.

Example sentences

“The armillary sundial, aged over time and exposure to the elements.”

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