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Feb 24, 2011
This week's theme
Words with unusual plurals

This week's words
stele
eidos
fomes
lacuna
miasma

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with Anu Garg

lacuna

PRONUNCIATION:
(luh-KYOO-nuh)
plural lacunae (luh-KYOO-nee) or lacunas

MEANING:
noun: An empty space, gap, missing part, an opening.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin lacuna (hole, gap), from lacus (lake). Earliest documented use: 1663.

USAGE:
"Last week's collision between two cargo ships off the coast of Mumbai has exposed several systemic lacunae."
Black Waters; The Times of India (New Delhi, India); Aug 11, 2010.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines. -Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970)

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