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Nov 20, 2013
This week's theme
Words coined after flowers

This week's words
lotus-eater
primrose path
lily-livered
sub rosa
amaranthine

lily
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lily-livered

PRONUNCIATION:
(LIL-ee-LIV-uhrd)

MEANING:
adjective: Cowardly or timid.

ETYMOLOGY:
In earlier times, the liver was considered to be the seat of courage. Hence, lacking blood, a white liver, indicated lack of courage. Earliest documented use: 1616.

USAGE:
"A story of twins -- one bold and the other a lily-livered cop."
Malathi Rangarajan; Brothers and the Baddies; The Hindu (Chennai, India); Sep 25, 2012.

See more usage examples of lily-livered in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in. -Alan Alda, actor and director (b. 1936)

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