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This week's theme: yours to discover.

froufrou (FROO-froo) noun

1. Something fancy, elaborate, and showy.

2. A rustling sound, as of a silk dress.

[From French, of imitative origin.]

What's common among the five words (scintillescent, vetitive, rapparee, bilabial, froufrou) featured here this week? If you know the answer, send it to wordsATwordsmith.org (replace AT with @). The first person to identify it wins an autographed copy of the book "Another Word A Day".

"Too often I go to some lunch party and am presented with an exquisite froufrou creation when what I long for is the pasta the three-year-old sitting next to me is given."
Nigella Lawson; Indulge a Childhood Craving; Calgary Herald (Canada); Aug 23, 2003.

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