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A.Word.A.Day--unguinous

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unguinous (UNG-gwi-nuhs) adjective

Greasy, oily.

[From Latin unguinosus, from unguin-, stem of unguen (ointment). Other words from the same root are ointment, anoint, unction, and unctuous.]

"Evelyn welcomed them in her various homes with unguinous familiarity."
Gary Indiana; Depraved Indifference; St. Martin's Press; 2003.

"Anointed from head to toe with an unguinous, aromatic oil, her pomaded hair suffused with a sharp scent."
Shulamith Hareven, Hillel Halkin; Thirst: The Desert Trilogy; Mercury House; 1996.

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