PRONUNCIATION: (HIP-uh-kreen, -kree-nee)

MEANING: noun: Poetic or literary inspiration.

In Greek mythology, Hippocrene was a spring on Mt. Helicon and was created by a stroke of Pegasus’s hoof. From Greek hippos (horse) + krene (fountain, spring). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ekwo- (horse), which also gave us equestrian, equitant, hippodrome, and hippology. Earliest documented use: 1598.

ZIPPOCRENE - a spouting of cigarette lighters

HIPPOCREME - the latest fat-dissolving scam

HIPPOCRATENE - facilitates the transition from medical student to physician