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Jul 15, 2014
This week's theme
Words that appear to be misspellings

This week's words
vizard
grogram
secretory
factitious
proem

old grog
Admiral Edward Vernon, who loved grogram coats and earned the nickname "Old Grog". He also diluted rum and helped coin the term grog.
Art: Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)

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grogram

PRONUNCIATION:
(GROG-ruhm)

MEANING:
noun: A coarse fabric of silk, combined with mohair or wool, and often stiffened with gum.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French gros grain (large or coarse grain). Another fabric from the same origin is grosgrain. Earliest documented use: 1562.

USAGE:
"Instead of putting her still-thick, white hair into its usual twist, she'd tied it back at the nape of her neck with a black, grogram ribbon."
Nancy Desrosiers; Stay a Little Longer; Tate Publishing; 2011.

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

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