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coryphaeus (kohr-uh-FEE-uhs) noun [plural coryphaei (-FEE-eye)]
1. The leader of a Greek chorus.
2. A leader or spokesperson.
[Latin, leader, from Greek koruphaios, from koruphe, head.]
"I look into the future to see nothing but disaster; really so much embarrassed that the sale of my library hangs over me like an impending doom and with no coryphaeus of the [r]ed-flag fraternity like Keese to `knock down' my darlings." John Reuben Thompson, Lee to the Rear, The World's Best Poetry on CD(tm), 20 Mar 1995.
"I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people." Former US Vice President and former presidential candidate Dan Quayle is purportedly said to have uttered these immortal words. Fortunately, you don't have to make a trip to Greece to use this week's words from Greek--they are all perfectly usable in the English language. -Anu
Absence diminishes commonplace passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and kindles fire. -La Rochefoucauld