a word a day interesting definitions…

Posted on February 5, 2006. Filed under: Quotes |

I get a word a day emailed to me from wordsmith and I found this one funny a) because I don’t think palindrome is an everyday word for many folks (english majors aside) and b) because the first definition couldn’t really be any further from the second:

This week’s theme: less-known synonyms of everyday words.

cancrine (KANG-krin) adjective

  1. Reading the same backwards as forwards, palindromic. For example,
     “A man, a plan, a canal: Panama.” (letter cancrine)
     “So patient a doctor to doctor a patient so!” (word cancrine)

  2. Crab-like.

[From Latin cancr- (stem of cancer) cancer + -ine.]

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