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EPHEMERAL

PRONUNCIATION: (i-FEM-uh-ruhl)

MEANING: adjective: Lasting a very short time; transitory.
noun: Anything short-lived.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek ephemeros (short-lived), from epi- (upon) + hemera (day). Earliest documented use: 1576.
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PHEMERAL - pertaining to the upper-leg bone

e-pH EMERALD - a highly acidic green jewel, with a log-hydrogen-ion concentration of -2.718281828...

EPHEMERAW - I know it hurts now, but it'll be better by tomorrow

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CERACEOUS

PRONUNCIATION: (suh-RAY-shuhs)

MEANING: adjective: Waxy.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin cera (wax) + -aceous (resembling or relating to). Earliest documented use: 1768.
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ACERACEOUS - sharp, barbed

CELACEOUS - titillating, suggestive

CERVACEOUS - beery

[not to mention the homophone "Serratious" - pertaining to a bacterium of the genus Serratia]

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HEBDOMADAL

PRONUNCIATION: (heb-DOM-uh-duhl)

MEANING: adjective: Weekly.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin hebdomas, from Greek hepta (seven). Earliest documented use: 1612.
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HEBDO-MEDAL - like Mark Spitz (winning seven Olympic events)

HEBDONADAL - seven championship tennis players

HEBDOMANAL - pertaining to the digestive viscera

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PISCINE

PRONUNCIATION: (PY-seen, PIS-ayn)

MEANING: adjective: Fishy.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin piscis (fish). Earliest documented use: 1670.

[and of course there is Pisces, the astrological sign, the fish]
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PICCINE - Italian opera composer , viz. La Bohême and others

VISCINE - eyedrops

PA'S CINE - your father's movie

APIS-CINE - slow-motion film about bees

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