adulatory

Pronounced: AJ-uh-luh-tor-ee, adj

Notes: You can probably figure this one out, but an interesting feature kept this on the list.

Admin: I schedule these posts to go out each morning, but erred in the settings for today’s, so it is late


Yesterday’s word

The word edentulous means “having no teeth; toothless”

First usage

The word came into English in the late 1700s

Background / Comments

This is a great alternative word for “toothless” that makes one sound erudite. It came into English from the Latin word edentulus, which is made up of e- (missing, absent) and the root dent- (tooth). A similar word is the somewhat uncommon edentate, referring to an order of mammals that have few or no teeth. In fact, edentate can be used as a synonym for our word.

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

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