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Dec 10, 2021
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daedal
involute
xylophilous
seraphic
lentic

lentic
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lentic

PRONUNCIATION:
(LEN-tik)

MEANING:
adjective: Relating to or living in still water.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin lentus (slow, calm), which also gave us relent, lentamente (slowly, used in music direction), and lentitude (slowness). Earliest documented use: 1935. The form lenitic is also used. The word for “relating to or living in moving water” is lotic.

USAGE:
“At her side, Clo snarled, ‘That lentic spawn of a caiman’s balls.’”
Laura Lam and Elizabeth May; Seven Devils; DAW; 2020.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If I can stop one Heart from breaking / I shall not live in vain / If I can ease one Life the Aching / Or cool one Pain / Or help one fainting Robin / Unto his Nest again / I shall not live in Vain. -Emily Dickinson, poet (10 Dec 1830-1886)

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