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Aug 20, 2010
This week's theme
Words that appear beheaded

This week's words
estival
auteur
irenic
utilitarian
rotund

Reheading the words
festival, hauteur, sirenic, futilitarian, and orotund

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with Anu Garg

rotund

PRONUNCIATION:
(ro-TUND)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Plump; fat.
2. Round in shape.
3. Having a full-toned, resonant sound.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin rotundus (round), from rota (wheel). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ret- (to run or to roll), which is also the source of rodeo, rotunda, rotate, rotary, roulette, and orotund.

USAGE:
"The famously rotund Drew Carey has lost 80 pounds."
Pamela Sitt; Reality Show Shake-ups; Kansas City Star; Aug 3, 2010.

"A few years ago, Japanese watermelon lovers suddenly found the normally rotund fruit sitting squarely on the shelves of supermarkets."
Piali Banerjee; Food or Fool's Paradise?; The Times of India (New Delhi); Oct 19, 2003.

"With his rich, rotund voice, Jonathan Lemalu has thrilled audiences around the world."
Christopher Moore; Powerful Accolades; The Press (Christchurch, New Zealand); Jul 26, 2006.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than "try to be a little kinder." -Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)

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