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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
adjective: Smoothly or sweetly flowing, as if like honey.
From Middle English, from Late Latin mellifluus, from melli-, from Latin mel (honey) + fluere (to flow).
Some other words that come from the same root are marmalade, molasses, and the unlikely mildew! One word that has somewhat similar sense and sound but different root is melodious (from melos: song).
"The lambada, a mellifluous, nearly licentious dance from the
north-east part of Brazil, piqued the world's interest (and briefly
Hollywood's) early in this decade."
"Lincoln Center provided a symbolic glossary: the good guys wear green
and white, the villains red. Heroes sing mellifluous chant; villains
speak; women are played by heavily veiled men."
If you live in Seattle area, join me in a discussion on words on the program "Weekday" on Seattle's NPR affiliate KUOW Radio 94.9 FM, today, Fri, Aug 9, 2002 during 9-10 AM PDT. The call-in number is (800) 289-KUOW. -Anu
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