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Feb 3, 2023
This week’s theme
Words with multiple meanings

This week’s words
churl
dickey
dingbat
decollate
lave


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lave

PRONUNCIATION:
(layv)

MEANING:
noun:Residue or remainder.
verb tr.:1. To wash or bathe.
 2. To flow.
 3. To pour.

ETYMOLOGY:
For noun: From Old English laf (remainder). Earliest documented use: 971.
For verb: From Old English lafian (to pour or wash), from Latin lavare (to wash). Earliest documented use: 450.

USAGE:
“She took nearly a quarter of the butter home with her, and ate most of it, and gave the lave to her cat.”
Colin MacKay; The Song of the Forest; Canongate; 1986.

“The ocean laves his feet.”
Anthony Lane; Heat of the Action; The New Yorker; Feb 7, 2022.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something. -Gertrude Stein, novelist, poet, and playwright (3 Feb 1874-1946)

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