Pronounced: nuh-PEN(t)-thee

Notes: I don’t think I’ve run across this word before

Yesterday’s word

The word hymeneal means, as an adjective “relating to a wedding or marriage”. As a noun, it means “a wedding song or poem”.

First usage

This word came into English in the early 1600s

Background / Comments

This word derives from the Greek god of marriage, Hymen. Many weddings I have been to have had songs; I don’t remember one that had a poem. However, either could have been called a hymeneal.

Rejected word

I ran across the word timorous, but I could define the word pretty accurately, so I declined to us it. I think I recognized part of the word from language classes.

Published by Richard

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

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