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Nov 17, 2011
This week's theme
Words with unusual arrangements of letters

This week's words
verisimilitude
syzygy
yob
kine
spendthrift

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kine

PRONUNCIATION:
(kyn)

MEANING:
noun: A plural of cow.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English kyn, from Old English cyna, a plural of cu (cow). Earliest documented use: 1598.

NOTES:
Kine is one of the very few words in English (other examples: I/we, me/us) that have no letters in common with its singular form, cow. It is pluralized using the -n marker, as in the words children, brethren, and oxen.

USAGE:
"Cows stood belly deep in a ranch pond, doing their impersonation of the kine in John Constable's paintings."
Verlyn Klinkenborg; Water and Grasses; The New York Times; Jul 5, 2010.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. -Lin Yutang, writer and translator (1895-1976)

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