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Sep 19, 2013
This week's theme
Words derived from goats

This week's words
tragus
chimera
aegis
chevron
chagal

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chevron

PRONUNCIATION:
(SHEV-ruhn, -ron)

MEANING:
noun: A pattern in the shape of a V or an inverted V.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French chevron (rafter, from the resemblance of the pattern to the shape of two rafters on a roof), from Latin caper (goat). The goat connection is not clear. Earliest documented use: 1395.

USAGE:
"Tommy watched a flight of geese fly overhead in chevron formation."
Lis Wiehl; Waking Hours; Thomas Nelson; 2011.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There is no doubt that I have lots of words inside me; but at moments, like rush-hour traffic at the mouth of a tunnel, they jam. -John Updike, writer (1932-2009)

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