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Apr 1, 2014
This week's theme
Words from royalty

This week's words
interregnum
basilic
kingdom come
royal road
kingmaker

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with Anu Garg

basilic

PRONUNCIATION:
(buh-SIL-ik, -ZIL-)

MEANING:
adjective: Kingly; royal.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin basilicus, from Greek basilikos (royal). Earliest documented use: 1727.

NOTES:
Many things are named after this kingly word: plants, animals, architecture, and more. Basil, the aromatic herb of the mint family, is named so because it was used in royal preparations for medicine, bath, etc. A large vein of the upper arm is called the basilic vein due to its supposed importance. The basilisk lizard (and the legendary reptile) are named for their crown-like crest. In ancient Rome, a basilica was a large public court building and the word began to be applied to churches of the same form.

USAGE:
"The fair Prince Filiberto solemnly approached the Pope. ... 'Are You quite good now?' the boy continued, with great black basilic eyes."
Frederick Rolfe; Hadrian the VII; 1904.

See more usage examples of basilic in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be. -Abraham Maslow, psychologist (1908-1970)

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