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Feb 23, 2012
This week's theme
Words that were formed as a plural but are now used as singular

This week's words
truce
graffiti
insignia
viscera
paraphernalia

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with Anu Garg

viscera

PRONUNCIATION:
(VIS-uhr-uh)

MEANING:
noun:
1. The internal organs located in the main cavities of the body, especially those in the abdominal cavity.
2. The interior parts.

ETYMOLOGY:
Plural of Latin viscus (flesh, internal organ). Earliest documented use: 1651.

USAGE:
"There is plenty of action with a chainsaw, and a butcher's shop worth of viscera is scattered about the screen."
Ian Bartholomew; Movie Releases; Taipei Times (Taiwan); Apr 29, 2011.

"These revelations are now biting deeper into the viscera of the bank's integrity and reputation."
Toivo Ndjebela; Agribank Gives Kalomo Hefty Hike; New Era (Namibia); Jan 27, 2012.

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

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