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[ dahy-glot ] [ ˈdaɪ glɒt ] Show IPA Phonetic Respelling


spoken, written, or containing similar information in two different languages.

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Diglot “containing similar information in two different languages” comes from Ancient Greek díglōttos, which is equivalent to di- “twice, double” and -glōttos, a derivative of glôssa (also glôtta) “tongue.” In this way, diglot is the Ancient Greek-origin equivalent of bilingual, from Latin bi- “twice” and lingua “tongue.” While di- and bi- are distantly related, as we learned from the Word of the Day diphthongize, glôssa is not related to lingua. Instead, glôssa is the source of glossary, glottal, and the Word of the Day polyglot, and its resemblance to gloss “a superficial luster or shine” is merely coincidental. Diglot was first recorded in English in the early 1860s.

how is diglot used?

All lessons and post-primer readers had been translated into Telugu in a diglot version. To support and encourage the newly literate to put their new skills into immediate use, government brochures and pamphlets and development information were translated and published and a monthly newsletter was issued.

Pamela Mackenzie, Keeping it Local: Change and Development in an Indian Tribal Community, 2006

He has been published in many anthologies, both nationally and internationally [and] has thousands of articles/essays as well as poems and short stories published online to his credit. A diglot writer, Izunna writes perfectly in Igbo and English languages, and has published widely in both languages.

“Celebrating Young Nigerian Writer and Journalist, Izunna Okafor At 26,” The Nigerian Voice, January 10, 2020
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[ riz-er ] [ ˈrɪz ər ] Show IPA Phonetic Respelling

verb (used with object)

to dry or cure meat, fish, etc., especially haddock in the sun.

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Rizzar, “to dry meat in the sun,” is of uncertain origin but appears to come from obsolete French ressoré “sun-dried.” From here, the trail grows even colder, though there are two potential routes to the true origin of rizzar. One proposal is that ressoré comes from saurer (earlier sorer) “to smoke, to dry with smoke,” from the adjective saur “salted and smoked, dried,” which appears to be a relative of English sear and sere; see the recent Word of the Day ratoon for more. Another proposal links ressoré to essorer “to dry in the air,” itself ultimately thought to come from Latin ex “out of, from” combined with aura “breath (of air), breeze.” Rizzar was first recorded in English at the turn of the 19th century.

how is rizzar used?

Hang [a medium sized cod] up to drain (preferably in the open air) for four or five days until quite dry, when it may be rizzared like a haddock …, or it may be boiled and served with egg sauce.

S. Beaty-Pownall, The "Queen" Cookery Books, series VIII: Breakfast and lunch dishes, 1904

Among the most delicate of breakfast-dishes, when in season, are the ‘rizzared’ whitings or small haddocks. Rizzaring a haddock means simply cleaning it, slightly salting, and hanging it up to dry for a day or two.

edited by William and Robert Chambers, Chambers’s Information for the People, volume I, 1857
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[ oh-puh-les ] [ ˌoʊ pəˈlɛs ] Show IPA Phonetic Respelling

verb (used without object)

to exhibit a play of colors like that of the iridescent gem opal.

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Opalesce, “to exhibit colors like that of an opal,” is based on opal, the multicolored gemstone, and the verb-forming suffix -esce. Opal comes via Latin from Ancient Greek opállios “gem,” and while not certain, a common hypothesis is that opállios comes from Sanskrit upala- “stone, precious stone.” As we learned from the recent Words of the Day evanesce, rufescent, and violescent, the element -esce (as well as its noun and adjective counterparts -escence and -escent) derives from the inceptive infix -sc-, which roughly translates to “become, begin to be” in Latin. Opalesce was first recorded in English in the 1810s. Opal and tourmaline are two birthstones associated with the month of October. Find out more about the birthstones that make each month sparkle.

how is opalesce used?

Opalesce is a gauzy word to describe what the sky is doing. From the picture window Maas follows winter colors: whites, slates, steely skies, and yellows.

Christine Schutt, “Family Man,” Pure Hollywood and Other Stories, 2018

In front of me stood a man in something fluffy like fur, which, when touched by light, opalesced like metal.

Stanislaw Lem, Return from the Stars, 1961
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