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Aug 12, 2008
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Miscellaneous words

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loquacious
austral
nugacity
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austral

PRONUNCIATION:
(O-struhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Southern.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin auster (south). That's why Australia is so named, but that does not apply to Austria, in central Europe. Austria's name is a Latinized form of its German name Österreich (eastern empire, referring to the eastern boundary of the Frankish Empire at one time).

USAGE:
"Werner Herzog simply lets the subjects talk about their backgrounds, motivation, fears, and coping strategies during the period of the austral summer (October-February)."
Ron Wynn; Herzog's Documentary Offers Insider's View of Antarctica; The City Paper (Nashville, Tennessee); Jul 25, 2008.

See more usage examples of austral in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength. -Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)

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