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Mar 16, 2022
This week’s theme
You guess the words

This week’s words
antre
reeve
vesta
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vesta
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vesta

PRONUNCIATION:
(VES-tuh)

MEANING:
noun: A short wooden match.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Vesta, the goddess of hearth and household in Roman mythology. Her temple had a fire tended by the vestal virgins. Earliest documented use: 1839.

USAGE:
“Para Handy passed the newly bought carton of vestas to Macphail, who took out one of the boxes, carefully extracted a match, and struck it on the side of the box.”
Stuart Donald; Complete New Tales of Para Handy; Gardners; 2001.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
You can sometimes count every orange on a tree but never all the trees in a single orange. -A.K. Ramanujan, poet (16 Mar 1929-1993)

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