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Word of the Day – Apr. 29 – Belvedere

Noun: Belvedere  (BEL-vuh-deer) Definition: A structure, such as a cupola or summer house, designed to command a view. Example sentence: The couple wandered down to the belvedere at the edge of the bluff to take in the vivid colors of the sunset.

Adjective: Puckish  (PUH-kish) Definition: Mischievous, impish. Example sentence: In his mid teens, my brother was a puckish figure, smart and quick-limbed, and rather incorrigible.

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Noun: Amanuensis (uh-man-yoo-EN-sis) Definition: A person employed to write what another dictates; a secretary. Example sentence: As a college student, I was employed as an amanuensis in the research lab at a local hospital.

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Adjective: Inveterate  (in-VET-uh-rut) Definition: 1: Firmly established by long persistence. 2: Confirmed in a habit: habitual. Example sentence: Since Ernie is an inveterate liar, we naturally didn’t believe him when he told us he’d met the movie star.

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Noun: Flivver  (FLIV-er) Definition: 1: An automobile, especially one that is small, inexpensive, and old. 2: Something of unsatisfactory quality or inferior grade. Example sentence: My first car was really a flivver, but I loved it as if it was a classy sports car.

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Adjective: Noetic (noh-ET-ik) Definition: Of, relating to, or based on the intellect. Example sentence: In addition to her chemistry courses, Ellen took electives in philosophy and the classics to satisfy her thirst for noetic stimulation.

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Adjective: Piebald  (PYE-bawld) Definition: 1: Composed of incongruous parts. 2: Of different colors; especially, spotted or blotched with black and white. Example sentence: The horse she most enjoys riding is a sleek, leggy piebald mare.

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Verb: Fossick  (FAH-sik) Definition: 1: To search about especially for gold or gemstones. 2: To search about: rummage. Example sentence: As teenagers, the girls liked to fossick for opals in the old mine.

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Noun: Canaille  (kuh-NYE) Definition: 1: Rabble, riffraff. 2: Proletarian. Example sentence: I noticed that wherever the rich and famous go, the canaille from the tabloids are close by.

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Adjective: Unctuous  (UNK-chuh-wus) Definition: 1: Fatty, oily, or smooth and greasy in texture or appearance. 2: Plastic. 3. Insincerely smooth in speech and manner. Example sentence: Anna was thankful that the unctuous man who first greeted her at the modeling agency would not be the person she would be working with.

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