PRONUNCIATION: (in/en-SIK-li-kuhl)

MEANING: noun: An official letter.
adjective: For wide circulation.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek kyklos (circle, cycle). Earliest documented use: 1616.

NOTES: A more common word for an encyclical is circular. In the Roman Catholic Church, a letter from the pope to bishops, usually dealing with the matters of doctrine, is called an encyclical.

ENVYCLICAL - subject to sudden fits of jealousy

ENCYCLO-CAL - book of all knowledge on the West Coast USA

ENCY PLICAL - the map of North Carolina is folded