Pronounced: hwig-muh-LIR-ee, noun

Notes: Also written whigmaleery. This word also looks like something made up.

Yesterday’s word

The word dovecote has the following meanings (as I noted yesterday, I knew of the first one, but the second was new to me)

  • a small compartmented raised house of box for domestic pigeons
  • a settled or harmonious group or organization

Shakespeare used dovecote in Cariolanus (early 1600s), but the word is older than that (see below). It came from late Middle English. Shakespeare invented the expression “like an eagle in a dove-cote”

First usage

The word goes back to the late 1300s.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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