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A.Word.A.Day--netherworld

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netherworld also nether world (NETH-r-wurld) noun

1. The world of the dead; Hades.

2. The underworld; hell.

3. The lower depths of society.

[Middle English, from Old English neothera, from neother, down + world.]

"Jungle juggernauts they may be, but the elephants heaved and struggled to tow the logs through that deep, narrow gorge, a netherworld of dense teak trees through which only slivers of sunlight could penetrate. Anthony Mecir, Michael Freeman, Big trouble, Smithsonian, Sep 1998.

This week's theme: words to mark Halloween.

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Library: A place where the dead lie. -Elbert Hubbard, author, editor, printer (1856-1915) [The Roycroft Dictionary]


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