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Jun 29, 2005
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Archaic words

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caliginous
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cark
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cark

(kark) Pronunciation RealAudio

verb tr., intr.:To worry.
noun: A worry or care.

From Middle English carken (to load or burden), from Norman French carquier, from Latin carricare. Ultimately from Indo-European root kers- (to run) that's also the source of car, career, carpenter, occur, discharge, and caricature. Why caricature? Because a caricature is a loaded or distorted picture of someone.

"Crows in hundreds carking desolately from the blasted white skeletons of dead trees."
Colleen McCullough; The Thorn Birds; HarperCollins Publishers; 1977.

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

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