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This week's theme: Words that appear to be misspellings
virtu (vuhr-TOO) noun
1. A love of or taste for fine objects of art.
2. Objects of art, curios, etc.
[From Italian virtù (virtue), from Latin virtus (worth, excellence). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wi-ro (man) that is also the source of virile, virtue, virago, virtuoso, werewolf, and world.]
"The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College has organized an
exhibition ... of optical illusions, stuffed birds, statuettes,
objects of virtu and geological specimens."
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