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Dec 26, 2008
This week's theme
Words related to the names of fish

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minnow
gudgeon
remora
inconnu
tope
Tope
Tope
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tope

PRONUNCIATION:
(tope)

MEANING:
verb tr., intr.: 1. To drink (liquor) habitually and copiously.
noun: 2. A small shark with a long snout (Galeorhinus galeus).
noun: 3. A usually dome-shaped monument built by Buddhists. Also known as a stupa.

ETYMOLOGY:
(for 1) Of uncertain origin, perhaps from obsolete top (to drink) as in "top off".
(for 2) Of unknown origin.
(for 3) From Hindi top, from Prakrit or Pali thupo, from Sanskrit stupa (head).

USAGE:
"There are the tope strategists, who chartered the brand's repositioning and the agency folks who turned out snappy creative, not to mention a cadre of bottlers pushing Sprite in the retail trenches."
Karen Benezra; Brandweek's Marketers of the Year; Adweek (Dallas, Texas); Oct 20, 1997.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. -Jerome K. Jerome, humorist and playwright (1859-1927)

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