nychthemeron

Pronounced: nik-THEH-muh-rahn, noun

Notes: A useful word


Yesterday’s word

The word obdormition is what we call it when a limb goes to sleep (or falls asleep). More formally, it is “numbness in a limb, usually caused by pressure on a nerve”.

First usage

This word came into English in the mid-1600s

Background / Comments

Most people have had something “fall asleep” – now we know there is a word for it. Our word comes from Latin obdormire (to fall asleep), which has as its root dormire (to sleep).

Published by Richard

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

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