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mellifluous

[muh-lif-loo-uhs]
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adjective
  1. sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding: a mellifluous voice; mellifluous tones.
  2. flowing with honey; sweetened with or as if with honey.
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Origin of mellifluous

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin mellifluus, equivalent to Latin melli- (stem of mel) honey + -flu(ere) to flow + -us adj. suffix (see -ous)
Related formsmel·lif·lu·ous·ly, adverbmel·lif·lu·ous·ness, nounun·mel·lif·lu·ous, adjectiveun·mel·lif·lu·ous·ly, adverb

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harmoniousmellifluouslymelodiouslymusically

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  • "And if not, angelic breasts do not harbor resentment long," said Don Inocencio mellifluously.

    Dona Perfecta

    B. Perez Galdos

  • “I'll put it up when you stop speakin' mellifluously of my friends,” declared the barber.

    The Debtor

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman


British Dictionary definitions for mellifluously

mellifluous

mellifluent

adjective
  1. (of sounds or utterances) smooth or honeyed; sweet
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Derived Formsmellifluously or mellifluently, adverbmellifluousness or mellifluence, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin mellifluus flowing with honey, from Latin mel honey + fluere to flow
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Word Origin and History for mellifluously

mellifluous

adj.

early 15c., "sweet, pleasing" (of an odor, a style of speaking or writing, etc.), from Late Latin mellifluus "flowing with (or as if with) honey," from Latin mel (genitive mellis) "honey" (related to Greek meli "honey;" see Melissa) + -fluus "flowing," from fluere "to flow" (see fluent). Related: Melifluously; melifluousness.

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