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Word of the Day – June 24 – Hermetic

Adjective: Hermetic  (her-MET-ik) Definition: 1: Relating to or characterized by occultism or abstruseness. 2: Airtight or impervious to external influence. 3: Recluse, solitary. Example sentence: The infomercial claimed that the new containers used modern technology to guarantee a hermetic seal that would keep food fresh for months.

Verb: Kvell  (KVEL) Definition: To be extraordinarily proud: rejoice. Example sentence: My brother had every reason to kvell over his son’s achievements in high school, as he graduated with highest honors.  

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Noun: Sniglet  (SNIG-let) Definition: Any word coined for something that has no specific name. Example sentence: The sniglet “anticiparcellate” means waiting until the mailman is several houses down the street before picking up the mail, so as not to appear too anxious.

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Noun: Heliolatry  (hee-lee-AH-luh-tree) Definition: Sun worship. Example sentence: Archeologists believe that the members of many ancient civilizations practiced heliolatry because each of their temples faced east, toward the rising sun.

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Noun: Zeitgeber  (TSAHYT-gey-bur) Definition: An environmental cue, as the length of daylight or the degree of temperature, that helps to regulate the cycles of an organism’s biological clock. Example sentence: In nearly every land animal, light is the major zeitgeber, with temperature a distant second.

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Noun: Verdure  (VER-jer) Definition: 1: The greenness of growing vegetation; also, such vegetation itself. 2: A condition of health and vigor. Example sentence: Not being a fan of winter, I always welcome the verdure of spring.

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Noun: MacGuffin  (muh-GUFF-in) Definition: An object, event, or character in a film or story that serves to set and keep the plot in motion despite usually lacking intrinsic importance. Example sentence: The missing document is the MacGuffin that brings the two main characters together, but the real story centers on their tumultuous relationship.

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Noun: Tocsin  (TOCK-sin) Definition: 1: An alarm bell or the ringing of it. 2: A warning signal. Example sentence: A coalition of parents was sounding the tocsin for the school music program, stating that if voters didn’t approve the new millage, the program was sure to be axed.

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Noun: Passel  (PASS-ul) Definition: A large amount. Example sentence: When problems at the printing plant caused a delay in delivery of the newspaper, Rebecca was assigned the job of handling the passel of complaints from angry subscribers.  

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Verb: Ululate  (ULL-yuh-layt) Definition: Howl, wail. Example sentence: While visiting Graceland, millions of devotees still weep and ululate over the death of Elvis.

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