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Jan 10, 2018
This week’s theme
Long words with short definitions

This week’s words
senectitude
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infundibuliform
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infundibuliform
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infundibuliform

PRONUNCIATION:
(in-fuhn-DIB-yuh-luh-form)

MEANING:
adjective: Funnel-shaped.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin infundibulum (funnel), from infundere (to pour in), from fundere (to pour). Ultimately from the Indo-European root gheu- (to pour), which is also the source of funnel, font, fuse, diffuse, gust, gush, and geyser. Earliest documented use: 1752.

USAGE:
“The orifice was infundibuliform in shape; a wide circular depression several hundred meters in diameter that tapered down to depths deeper than anything Jake had dived before.”
john g rees; Halocline; Black Water Books; 2010.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The most certain test by which we can judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities. -Lord Acton (John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton), historian (10 Jan 1834-1902)

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