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Jun 15, 2022
This week’s theme
Eponyms

This week’s words
Orphean
Proteus
eolian
panderer
chimeric

eolian
Aeolus
Art: Peter Paul Rubens, early 17th c.

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eolian or aeolian

PRONUNCIATION:
(ee-O-lee-uhn)

MEANING:
adjective: Relating to or caused by the wind.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Aeolus, god of the winds in Greek mythology. As keeper of the winds, he gave a bag containing winds to help with Odysseus’s sailing. Earliest documented use: 1546.

USAGE:
“‘If an extremely tenuous atmosphere like that of Pluto can support the generation of bedforms from wind-driven sediment, what kind of eolian activity might we see on places like Io (a moon of Jupiter) or Triton?’ [Matt Telfer] wrote.”
Amina Khan; Tiny Pluto Reveals Big Surprises; Los Angeles Times; Jun 4, 2018.

See more usage examples of eolian in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter. -Euripides, playwright (c. 480-406 BCE)

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