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clou

PRONUNCIATION:
(kloo)

MEANING:
noun: A major point of interest, or a central idea.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French clou (nail), from Latin (clavus).

USAGE:
"Day four. Open introduction. Read these lines by Joyce describing his novel -- 'Penelope is the clou of the book'."
Kevin Myers; Bluffer's Guide to Ulysses; Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland); Jun 16, 1997.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Like cars in amusement parks, our direction is often determined through collisions. -Yahia Lababidi, author (b. 1973)

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