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Dec 5, 2012
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Words derived from numbers

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septentrional
decimate
hebdomad
doyen
dubious

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hebdomad

PRONUNCIATION:
(HEB-duh-mad)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A group of seven.
2. A period of seven days; a week.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin hebdomas, from Greek hepta (seven). Earliest documented use: 1545.

USAGE:
"As a string quartet, the excellent Brooklyn Rider is all about the number four. But on their new album, Seven Steps, its members circle around the mysterious -- and some might even say spiritual -- power of the hebdomad."
Anastasia Tsioulcas; Brooklyn Rider, 'Seven Steps'; National Public Radio (Washington, DC); Feb 5, 2012.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
That sorrow which is the harbinger of joy is preferable to the joy which is followed by sorrow. -Saadi, poet (c.1213-1291)

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