Pronounced: guh-ZEL-shaft, noun

Notes: There is a tie-in with Sherlock Holmes (who knows it?); I missed the tie-in at first, but even had I remembered it immediately, it wouldn’t have helped me with the meaning

Yesterday’s word

The word melliferous means “of, or relating to, that which gives or produces honey”

First usage

The word traces back to the mid-1600s

Background / Comments

Nothing to do with melody; our word comes from the Latin word mellifer (honey-bearing), which is made up of melli-, which comes from mel (honey) combined with -fer (that which carries).

Published by Richard

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

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