a plant adapted for growth under dry conditions.
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Xerophyte is formed from xero-, meaning “dry,” and -phyte, meaning “plant.” Xero- comes from Ancient Greek xērós, the root of the Word of the Day xeriscaping, and -phyte comes from Ancient Greek phytón, the source of the Word of the Day neophyte. Xerophyte was first recorded in English at the end of the 19th century.
EXAMPLE OF XEROPHYTE USED IN A SENTENCE
Cacti, aloe plants, and other xerophytes grew throughout the arid scrubland.
a sudden fright or panic.
Skrik is a borrowing from Afrikaans, a South African language descended from Dutch, and comes from Dutch schrik, meaning “fright.” While schrik is not related to English shriek, some linguists believe that it may share an origin with English shear or German schreien, “to shout, yell.” Skrik was first recorded in English in the late 1880s.
EXAMPLE OF SKRIK USED IN A SENTENCE
The bobcat’s screeching gave people living nearby quite a skrik.
the leading female dancer in a ballet company.
In French, première danseuse means “first dancer,” and the male equivalent is premier danseur. Danseuse comes from the verb danser, “to dance,” of unclear origin. Première ultimately derives from Latin prīmārius, “of the first rank,” from prīmus, “first.” Première danseuse was first recorded in English in the 1820s.
EXAMPLE OF PREMIÈRE DANSEUSE USED IN A SENTENCE
The première danseuse played the dual roles of Odette and Odile in the production of Swan Lake.
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