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Origin of excelsior1
Examples from the Web for excelsior
In Minneapolis, Minnesota, and outside of it, on 40 acres of half-hearted farmland outside of Excelsior, Minnesota.
Wrap the skull muscles on with excelsior rolled in palms of hands.
Something still cried “Excelsior” within him, and without halting longer than to satisfy himself by another shout, he started on.The Cock-House at Fellsgarth|Talbot Baines Reed
Although it did not cry "Excelsior," its output of vocables might have been mistaken, by a casual ear, for that clarion call.Average Jones|Samuel Hopkins Adams
interjection, adverb, noun
Word Origin for excelsior
Latin excelsior "higher," comp. of excelsus (adj.) "high, elevated, lofty," past participle of excellere (see excel), taken 1778 as motto of New York State, where it apparently was mistaken for an adverb. Popularized 1841 as title of a poem by Longfellow. As a trade name for "thin shavings of soft wood used for stuffing cushions, etc.," first recorded 1868, American English.