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balneal (BAL-nee-uhl) adjective
Relating to baths or bathing.
[From Latin balneum (bath), from Greek balaneion (bathing room or bath).]
How wide-ranging terms a single root could sprout. Today's term has cousins in fields as diverse as medicine, cooking, and well, entertainment:
balneology: the study of therapeutic use of baths, especially in mineral spring water. A related term is balneotherapy.
bain-marie: literally, bath of Mary, a pan with hot water in which smaller pans may be placed for slow cooking or to keep the food warm.
bagnio : brothel.
"The Cajka baths are still appreciated, and balneal treatment is still used to ameliorate neurone diseases ..." D. Turnock & Francis W. Carter; Environmental Problems in Eastern Europe; Routledge; 1993.
"Etienne was following with listless eye the reduced activity of his balneal colleagues. Some suddenly got up and went to have a dip ..." Raymond Queneau; Witch Grass (translated by Barbara Wright); New York Review of Books; Feb 2003.
This week's theme: assorted words.
Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power. -Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)
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