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Feb 15, 2013
This week's theme
Words with initial silent letters

This week's words
pteridology
knacker
gnathic
wraith
chthonic

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with Anu Garg

chthonic

PRONUNCIATION:
(THON-ik)

MEANING:
adjective: Of or relating to the underworld.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek chthon (earth). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dhghem- (earth), which also sprouted human, homicide, humble, homage, chameleon, chamomile, inhume, exhume, and Persian zamindar (landholder). Earliest documented use: 1882.

USAGE:
"The earth's crust is riddled with unresolved tensions -- prod, pierce, or bend it enough and these chthonic stresses will find sudden release."
Notes from Underground; The Economist (London, UK); Apr 21, 2012.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
To read fast is as bad as to eat in a hurry. -Vilhelm Ekelund, poet (1880-1949)

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