MEANING: adjective: Potent.

ETYMOLOGY: Via French from Latin posse (to be able). Ultimately from the Indo-European root poti- (powerful, lord), which also gave us power, potent, possess, posse, possible, and Turkish pasha (via Persian). Earliest documented use: 1435.

PUSSANT - my mother's sister, who lives in a city in the southeast corner of Korea

PUISSAT - a "can-do" Volkswagen sedan

PTUISSANT - well-versed in the art of spitting