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Aug 26, 2014
This week's theme
Words that can't be analyzed easily

This week's words
recapitulate
degust
reprove
prorogue
repose

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degust

PRONUNCIATION:
(di-GUHST)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To taste or savor appreciatively.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin degustare (to taste), from de- (completely) + gustare (to taste). Ultimately from the Indo-European root geus- (to taste or choose), which also gave us choice, choose, gusto, ragout, and disgust. Earliest documented use: 1623.

USAGE:
"Within a decade, the first insects [beetles] crossed the western border of the Soviet Union to degust Ukrainian and Belarusan potatoes."
Laura Williams; The Bug That Brought Russia to its Knees; Russian Life (Montpelier, Vermont); Jul/Aug 2007.

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

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