antitussive

Pronounced: an-tee-TUSS-iv (alt: an-tie-TUSS-iv), adj/noun

Notes: I didn’t know this word, but the background was enlightening.


Yesterday’s word

The word serotinal means “pertaining to or occurring in late summer”

First usage

Our word came into English in the late 1800s

Background / Comments

It is a bit of a mystery how our word came to refer to summer: our word comes from Latin – the roots are sērō (late) plus tinus (the adjectival form of time) plus -al (having the form or character of). So, we have late and time… but why summer, and not (for example), winter?

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

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