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operose

[ op-uh-rohs ]
/ ˈɒp əˌroʊs /
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adjective
industrious, as a person.
done with or involving much labor.
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Origin of operose

First recorded in 1530–50; from Latin operōsus “busy, active,” equivalent to oper- (stem of opus ) “work” + -ōsus -ose1

OTHER WORDS FROM operose

op·er·ose·ly, adverbop·er·ose·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for operose

operose
/ (ˈɒpəˌrəʊs) /

adjective rare
laborious
industrious; busy

Derived forms of operose

operosely, adverboperoseness, noun

Word Origin for operose

C17: from Latin operōsus painstaking, from opus work
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