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Dec 16, 2010
This week's theme
Words made with combining forms

This week's words
exogamy
ventifact
tautology
leptorrhine
ontology

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leptorrhine

PRONUNCIATION:
(LEP-tuh-ryn)

MEANING:
adjective: Having a long narrow nose.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek lepto- (thin) + rhin (nose). Also see rhinorrhea (a runny nose). First recorded use: 1880.

USAGE:
"Like a horny sightless woman on a blind date, she begins to knead her heavy friendship-ring-laden fingers into my face. 'Leptorrhine nose ... kumquat-headed ...'"
Paul Beatty; Slumberland; Bloomsbury; 2008.

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

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