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Word of the Day

Edacious

Having just watched a couple of episodes of Friends, I decide to chose the word edacious for this week’s word of the day. No prizes for guessing which character inspired me to chose an adjective related to eating and meaning a huge appetite. This word descends from the Latin edax, relating to the Latin verb edere, which means to eat.  The adjective edible has its origin here too. Latin poet Ovid’s famous quote: “Tempus edax rerum”, translates into “Time, the devourer of all things.” Thomas Carlyle, the Scottish historian and essayist also used it referring to Time in “swallowed in the depths of edacious Time”.

Synonyms: voracious, insatiable, ravenous.