Pronounced: STROO-uhl-pea-tuhr, noun

Notes: Even if you don’t know the definition, I’m sure you can guess at the origin of this word

Yesterday’s word

The word gallinipper is “any of various insects that sting or bite, especially a large southern US mosquito”

First usage

Our word came into English in the late 1600s

Background / Comments

Our word is tagged “informal”, which is what makes it a bit of a cheat. I think we have these large mosquitos here, but I’ve never heard the term. The origin is unclear — but the second part “nipper” refers to something that nips.

Published by Richard

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

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