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Tuesday, May 11, 2004


word o' the day

heteroclite (HET-uhr-uh-klyt) adjective

1. Deviating from the ordinary rule; eccentric.

2. (In grammar) Irregularly inflected.


1. A person who is unconventional; a maverick.

2. A word that is irregularly formed.

[From Middle French, from Late Latin heteroclitus, from Greek heteroklitos,
from hetero- + klinein (to lean, inflect). Ultimately from the Indo-European
root klei (to lean). Other words derived from the same root are decline,
incline, recline, lean, client, climax, and ladder.]


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