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Words of The Week are Aventurine, Radiole, Churchical, Quakebuttock, Aspheterism, Effulgent, and Carrier Wave.
aventurine , n :
A kind of brownish glass containing gold-coloured spangles. (mineralogy, by extension) A variety of translucent quartz, spangled throughout with scales of yellow mica.
radiole , n :
(zoology) The spine of a sea urchin. (zoology) A heavily ciliated feather-like tentacle occurring in clusters on the crowns of certain tubeworms, especially those of the order Canalipalpata (the fan-head worms), used for feeding and respiration.
churchical , adj :
(Christianity, informal) Pertaining to or characteristic of church; ecclesiastical. (chiefly Jamaica, music) Belonging to a style of Reggae music that reflects a spiritual sensibility. (chiefly Jamaica, Rastafari) Pertaining to the strain of Rastafarian culture that emphasizes a traditional theocracy. Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974, was born on this day in 1892. He is worshipped as a deity and messiah by Rastafarians.
quakebuttock , n :
(formerly obsolete, rare, now humorous) A coward.
aspheterism , n :
(dated, rare) The view that all property should be in common ownership and that no individual should benefit from private possession. The English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who coined the word in a 1794 letter to fellow poet Robert Southey, died on this day 185 years ago in 1834.
effulgent , adj :
(literary, also figuratively) Radiant, resplendent, shining.
carrier wave , n :
(physics) A wave that can be modulated, either in amplitude, frequency, or phase, to carry or transmit images, music, speech, or other signals. Italian electrical engineer and inventor Guglielmo Marconi, who is credited with inventing the radio, made the first public transmission of wireless signals on this day in 1896, from a site in London, UK, now occupied by the BT Centre.
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