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Words for Today: “Pullulate” and “Zither”

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pullulate- 

–verb (used without object), -lat·ed, -lat·ing.

1. to send forth sprouts, buds, etc.; germinate; sprout.

2. to breed, produce, or create rapidly.

3. to increase rapidly; multiply.

4. to exist abundantly; swarm; teem.

5. to be produced as offspring. 

Zither

–noun

a musical instrument, consisting of a flat sounding box with numerous strings stretched over it, that is placed on a horizontal surface and played with a plectrum and the fingertips. 

“pullulate.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 17 Aug. 2010. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pullulate>. 

“zither.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 17 Aug. 2010.

<Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/zither>.

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Words for Today: “Melliflous” and “Pirouette”

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Friday, August 13, 2010

Here’s the words for today. Try and slip them into conversation. Try and be smooth about it, but it could be an educational conversation piece, if nothing more.

Mellifluous-

  1. sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding: a mellifluous voice; mellifluous tones.
  2. flowing with honey; sweetened with or as with honey

Pirouette-

  1. a whirling about on one foot or on the points of the toes, as in ballet dancing.
  2. Dressage: a complete turn in which the horse uses its hind legs as a pivot. 

“mellifluous.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 13 Aug. 2010. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mellifluous>. 

“pirouette.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 13 Aug. 2010. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pirouette>.

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