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Nov 11, 2020
This week’s theme
Words having all five vowels and in order

This week’s words
anemious
acedious
adventitious
caesious
annelidous

banyan tree
The Great Banyan Tree with adventitious roots, Kolkata, India
Photo: Rahul O R / Wikimedia

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with Anu Garg

adventitious

PRONUNCIATION:
(ad-ven-TI-shuhs)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Arising from an external source.
2. Happening by chance.
3. Appearing in an unusual place.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin adventicius (coming from outside, foreign), from advenire (to arrive), from ad- (toward) + venire (to come). Earliest documented use: 1603. Also spelled as adventious.

USAGE:
“The great thing about tomatoes is that they form adventitious roots all along their stems, so overgrown seedlings, well watered, may still develop great root systems and bear lots of fruit.”
Barbara Damrosch; Never Got Around to Sowing for Spring? You Still Have Time; The Washington Post; Jun 8, 2017.

“The ‘bank holiday’ and Emergency Banking Act were adventitious measures rather than ones FDR had been planning all along.”
George Selgin; Assessing the Not-So-Great New Deal; USA Today; Sep 2020.

See more usage examples of adventitious in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A brother is a friend given by nature. -Gabriel Legouvé, poet (1764-1812)

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