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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
adjective: Relating to or containing arsenic (especially when trivalent).
From Old French arsenic, from Latin arsenicum, from Greek arsenikon (yellow orpiment), from Arabic zarnik, from Persian zar (gold). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ghel- (to shine), which also gave us yellow, gold, glimmer, glimpse, glass, gloaming, melancholy, and choleric. Earliest documented use: 1818.
“The next time you’re having a bad day, pause for a moment to be grateful: that you weren’t born in the Victorian age and consequently are not likely to be in danger of being poisoned by arsenic. Come, come, you might be thinking. This is a slender reason to be cheerful -- who’s to say that anyone would wish to slip a splash of arsenious acid into my cup of tea?”
Rebecca Armstrong; Victorian Lives of Poison, Passion, and Peril; The Independent (London, UK); Mar 19, 2010.
“The institute detected an arsenious substance in some of the samples that was later found to be white arsenic.”
Arsenic at Hayashi House ‘Highly toxic’; The Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo, Japan); Oct 20, 1998.
See more usage examples of arsenious in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:If there be such a thing as truth, it must infallibly be struck out by the collision of mind with mind. -William Godwin, philosopher and novelist (3 Mar 1756-1836)