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Mar 31, 2017
This week’s theme
When etymology meets entomology

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earwig
gadfly
puce
paparazzo
ecdysis

ecdysis
An orchid mantis after ecdysis

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Words with irregular plurals
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ecdysis

PRONUNCIATION:
(EK-duh-sis)

MEANING:
noun: The shedding of an outer layer: molting.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek ekdysis, from ekdyein (to take off), from ek- (out, off) + dyein (to put on). A related word is ecdysiast. Earliest documented use: 1867.

USAGE:
“George Osborne became a junior Opposition Whip in 2003, a Shadow Treasury spokesman the following year, and in 2005 Shadow Chancellor -- multiple ecdysis possible only in times of political defeat.”
Quentin Letts; The Next Prime Minister?; Daily Mail (London, UK); Jul 9, 2015.

See more usage examples of ecdysis in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. -Rene Descartes, philosopher and mathematician (31 Mar 1596-1650)

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