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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)
[From Latin cancr- (stem of cancer) cancer + -ine.]
J.S. Bach's Crab Canon is an example of cancrine music.
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"At Hingham Church in Norfolk there is a curious cancrine inscription over the font." R. Hart; Ecclesiastical Records; 1846. (from the OED)
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