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A.Word.A.Day--dundrearies

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This week's theme: words related to beards.

dundrearies (dun-DREER-eez) noun

Long flowing sideburns.

[After the bushy sideburns worn by actor Edward A. Sothern who played the part of Lord Dundreary in the play Our American Cousin (1858), written by Tom Taylor (1817-1880). This was the play being performed at Ford's Theatre in Washington DC during which Abraham Lincoln was shot.]

A picture of dundrearies.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"[Jack] narcissistically fluffed out his imperial* and his dundrearies."
Patrick Leigh Fermor; Sex O'Clock High; New Statesman (London, UK); Mar 1, 1963.
* imperial : a small pointed beard under the lower lip.

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