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Jun 25, 2010
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esurient

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with Anu Garg

esurient

PRONUNCIATION:
(i-SOOR-ee-uhnt)

MEANING:
adjective: Hungry; greedy.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin esurire (to be hungry), from edere (to eat). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ed- (to eat, to bite) that has also given us edible, comestible, obese, etch, fret, edacious, prandial, and postprandial.

USAGE:
"Rising land values have drawn droves of esurient developers."
Melissa Cassutt; Study Reminds Bonita of Need for Greenspace; Marco Eagle (Marco Island, Florida); Jan 11, 2006.

"This daily show sends esurient teenage aficionados to the cultural birthplace of their favourite dishes."
It's Cold Turkey for the Junk Food Junkies; Evening Standard (London, UK); May 11, 2007.

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

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