PRONUNCIATION: (uh-blig-yoo-RISH-uhn)

MEANING: noun: Extravagance, especially in matters of food and drink.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin abligurire (to squander on delicacies), from ab- (away) + ligurire (to be dainty), from lingere (to lick). Ultimately from the Indo-European root leigh- (lick), which also gave us linctus, lichen (apparently from the way it licks its way around a surface), lecher, and cunnilingus. Earliest documented use: 1724.

OBLIGURITION - under contract to become pregnant

ABL-IG-UTRITION - fulfilling the Inspector General's criteria for supporting an organism with food

ABO-LIGURITION - hooking other antigens onto the main blood groups