MEANING: noun: A person of outstanding ability or promise.

ETYMOLOGY: Shortening of phenomenon, from Latin phaenomenon, from Greek phainomenon (appearance), from phainesthai (to appear), from phainein (to show). Earliest documented use: 1881.

PHEROM - subtle chemical produced by many lifeforms to induce a behavioral change in others of their species

PHONOM - what ET was trying to do

PHENNOM - snake poison

PRENOM - when a political candidate starts thinking of running for office