alopecia

Pronounced: a-luh-PEA-shuh, or a-luh-PEA-shee-uh, noun

Notes: This word doesn’t conform to my usual rules for selection: I only happen to know this word because of a British radio comedy show from the 1960s, so I don’t know how well know it is.


Yesterday’s word

The word appurtenance means “an accessory or other item associated with a particular activity or style of living”. It is usually found in the plural, as in the appurtenances of luxurious travel. It comes from

Background

The word comes into Middle English from the Old French word apertunance, which itself came from the Late Latin word appertinere (belonging to). If you see the word pertain here, you’re right; it comes from the same Late Latin root.

First usage

The word appeared in the late 1300s

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

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