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Jun 18, 2013
This week's theme
Words made with combining forms

This week's words
rhizophagous
zymurgy
logomania
plutolatry
otorhinolaryngology
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zymurgy

PRONUNCIATION:
(ZY-muhr-jee)

MEANING:
noun: The branch of chemistry dealing with fermentation, as brewing.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek zym- (ferment) + -urgy (work). Earliest documented use: 1868.

NOTES:
While zymurgy's day job is raising spirits, it also moonlights as the last word in a dictionary. Some dictionaries have employed other, more accomplished, words for the job. Aardvark serves on the opposite end.

USAGE:
"Zymurgy's reek was everywhere."
Ceylon L. Barclay; Red Rum Punch; Cross Cultural Publications; 1994.

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

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