[ chĕr′ə-bĭz′əm ]
A hereditary disease marked by an enlargement of the jawbones in young children, producing a cherublike facial appearance.
Which Words Did English Take From Other Languages?English—is one of the most incredible, flavorfully-complex melting pots of linguistic ingredients from other countries. These linguistic ingredients are called loanwords that have been borrowed and incorporated into English. The loanwords are oftentimes so common now, the foreign flavor has been completely lost.
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