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A.Word.A.Day--habile

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This week's theme: adjectives.

habile (HAB-il) adjective

Having general ability; skillful.

[From Latin habilis (able), from habere (to have or to hold). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ghabh- (to give or to receive) that is also the source of give, gift, able, habit, prohibit, due, and duty.]

"Such rude and prolonged treatment would almost certainly result in the unwelcome appearance of an unappetizing assortment of molds that present a formidable challenge to even the most habile of our local winemakers."
Jeff Popick; Mini-heat Wave Aids Near-complete Winegrape Harvest; St. Helena Star (California); Oct 25, 2007.

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As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death. -Leonardo da Vinci, painter, engineer, musician, and scientist (1452-1519)

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