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A.Word.A.Day--virtu

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This week's theme: words that appear to be misspellings.

virtu (vuhr-TOO) noun

1. A love of or taste for fine objects of art.

2. Objects of art, curios, etc.

[From Italian virtù (virtue), from Latin virtus (worth, excellence). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wi-ro (man) that is also the source of virile, virtue, virago, virtuoso, werewolf, and world.]

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

-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)

"The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College has organized an exhibition ... of optical illusions, stuffed birds, statuettes, objects of virtu and geological specimens."
Arthur C. Danto; Hendrick Goltzius and Mannerism; The Nation (New York); Feb 10, 1992.

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