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A.Word.A.Day--agrestic

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This week's theme: miscellaneous words.

agrestic (uh-GRES-tik) adjective

1. Rural; rustic.

2. Crude; unpolished.

[From Latin agrestis (of fields), from ager (field, land). Ultimately from the Indo-European root agro- (field) that's also the source of agriculture, acre, peregrine, and pilgrim (a variant of peregrine).]

See more usage examples of agrestic in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"With a night of bingo, bowling, and prizes for the best country-bumpkin costumes, attendees can get in touch with their country roots. The Tom Foolers will play live bluegrass throughout the night to further set the agrestic mood." Megan Jicha; Bluegrass Bingo Bash; The Boston Globe; Mar 29, 2007.

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