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neophyte (NEE-uh-fyt) noun

1. A beginner; novice.

2. A new convert to a belief.

[From Middle English, from Late Latin neophytus, from Greek neophytos (newly planted), from phyein (to plant).]

"The work of published writers and neophytes alike can be found at the Dimsum site, in part because it attracts people with such a wide range of experience." Maureen Pao, Virtual Workshop, Far Eastern Economic Review (Hong Kong), Dec 30, 1999.

This week's theme: words to describe people.


Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen, even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. -Leonardo Da Vinci, painter, engineer, musician, and scientist (1452-1519)

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