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A.Word.A.Day--ramada

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This week's theme: words borrowed from Spanish.

ramada (ruh-MAH-duh) noun

An open shelter roofed with branches.

[From Spanish, from rama (branch), from Vulgar Latin rama, from Latin ramus (branch). The word "ramify" branches out from the same root "ramus".]

An anagram of today's word is "armada" (a fleet of warships), another term we've taken from Spanish.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"We are issued orange White House press passes and herded under a ramada near the flight line." Rhonda Bodfield; Reporter-in-waiting Just Waits, And Waits; The Arizona Daily Star; Feb 27, 1999.

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I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself. -Emily Bronte, novelist (1818-1848)

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