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Jan 8, 2009
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Miscellaneous words

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liminal
avenaceous
span-new
etesian
ecumenical

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etesian

PRONUNCIATION:
(i-TEE-zhuhn)

MEANING:
adjective: Occurring annually.

ETYMOLOGY:
The word refers to the annual summer winds of the Mediterranean. It's derived from Latin etesius, from Greek etesios, from etos (year). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wet- (year) that is also the source of such words as veteran, veal (in the sense of yearling), and veterinary (relating to the beasts of burden, perhaps alluding to old cattle), inveterate, wether, and bellwether.

USAGE:
"British gold medal hope Paula Radcliffe suffers from asthma. She will be praying Greece's etesian wind will blow away much of the Athens smog."
Paula Radcliffe Suffers From Asthma; The News of the World (London, UK); Aug 8, 2004.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I need someone to protect me from all the measures they take in order to protect me. -Banksy, street artist (b. 1974)

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