corvée

Pronounced: CORE-vay, noun

Notes: I didn’t know this word, but guessed at some kind of ship


Yesterday’s word

The word deasil means “in a clockwise direction”; an opposite word is widdershins

First usage

Our word goes back to the mid-1700s

Background / Comments

The word comes from the Scottish Gaelic word deiseil (righthandwise), which came from Middle Irish dessel, which is presumable a combination of the Old Irish words dess (right, south) and sel (turn).

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

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