Wednesday Winner: Lackadaisical
Two people suggested today’s Word of the Day! Both Michelle P. from Pleasanton, CA and Sandra H. from Mapplewood, NJ said lackadaisical is just not used often enough! Michele said “it’s fancy and hardly used. I think it’s a great word.” Lackadaisical means “without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic.” Submit your favorite word here and it could be chosen as one of our Word of the Day selections! …
A “zedonk,” half donkey/zebra, was just born. What are the parents of ligers, dzos, and beefalos?
Zedonk. Yes, this is for real. “The offspring of a zebra and a donkey.” Prepare yourself for an even larger dose of absurdity: there are plenty more zany names for unlikely crossbreeds, and we’ve collected a nonsensical herd of them. We don’t know if the baby zedonk, born in the state of Georgia about a week ago, has a name, but an Associated Press report notes that …
Origin of hybrid vigor
First recorded in 1915–20
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
The increased vigor or general health, resistance to disease, and other superior qualities that are often manifested in hybrid organisms, especially plants and animals. Compare inbreeding depression.
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