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Jan 4, 2011
This week's theme
Words related to trees and plants

This week's words
dendroid
ligneous
primrose path
sylvan
wormwood
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ligneous

PRONUNCIATION:
(LIG-nee-uhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Having the texture or appearance of wood.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin lignum (wood). Ultimately from the Indo-European root leg- (to collect), which is also the source of lexicon, legal, dialogue, lecture, logic, legend, logarithm, intelligent, diligent, sacrilege, elect, and loyal. Earliest documented use: 1626.

USAGE:
"With Boris Johnson lumbering onto the Queen Vic set recently (and 'lumber' is the only appropriate word for his sturdily ligneous performance) ..."
Tom Sutcliffe; An Age-Old Problem That Affects Us All; The Independent (London, UK); Jan 26, 2010.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock. -Ben Hecht, screenwriter, playwright, novelist, director, and producer (1894-1964)

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