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May 13, 2010
This week's theme
Words derived after mythical places

This week's words
utopia
cockaigne
shangri-la
Garden of Eden
Land of Oz

Garden of Eden by Lucas Cranach the Elder
Garden of Eden
Art: Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553)

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Garden of Eden

PRONUNCIATION:
(GAHR-dn of EED-n)

MEANING:
noun: A place of unspoilt happiness and beauty.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Hebrew eden (delight, pleasure). The Garden of Eden refers to the Biblical place where Adam and Eve lived before being expelled.

USAGE:
"Long before the Spaniards arrived in Palos Verdes, a nation of people lived in a veritable Garden of Eden. Lush and teeming with wild game and fish, life on the Peninsula for its native people, the Tongva, was rich and abundant."
Mary Scott; Paradise Lost -- And Found?; Peninsula News (California); Mar 25, 2010.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I abhor vivisection. It should at least be curbed. Better, it should be abolished. I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery, that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty. The whole thing is evil. -Charles Mayo, physician and founder of the Mayo Clinic (1865-1939)

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