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Nov 1, 2016
This week’s theme
Words made with combining forms

This week’s words
hippology
hypogeal
xerophilic
steganography
nidicolous

St. George's, a hypogeal church in Ethiopia
St. George’s, a hypogeal church in Ethiopia

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with Anu Garg

hypogeal

PRONUNCIATION:
(hy-puh-JEE-uhl, HIP-uh-)

MEANING:
adjective: Underground: living, growing, or existing below the surface of the earth.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek hypo- (under) + -geal (relating to earth), from ge (earth). Earliest documented use: 1686.

USAGE:
“A long black escalator lowered the two of them into the hypogeal twilight of the McPherson metro-station.”
M.B. Neff; Year of the Rhinoceros; Red Hen Press; 2009.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The wisest man is he who does not fancy that he is so at all. -Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, poet and critic (1 Nov 1636-1711)

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