Set 20 – Five New Words for Nov 20

1. rhizophagous (ry-ZOPH-uh-guhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Feeding on roots.

USAGE:
“Let us pause briefly in Alsace, a good observatory and outpost in this rhizophagous European realm. … the Alsatians had very specific ways of using and preparing the tuber.”

2. zymurgy (ZY-muhr-jee)

MEANING:
noun: The branch of chemistry dealing with fermentation, as brewing.

USAGE:
“Zymurgy’s reek was everywhere.”
Ceylon L. Barclay; Red Rum Punch; Cross Cultural Publications; 1994.

3. logomania (lo-go-MAY-nee-uh)

MEANING:
noun:
1. Obsessive interest in words.
2. Excessive and often incoherent talking.

USAGE:
“I just talked and talked, unstoppably, as if possessed by logomania.”

4. plutolatry (ploo-TOL-uh-tree)

MEANING:
noun: Excessive devotion to wealth.

USAGE:
“He said this reflected the ‘appearance of unbridled avarice — the flowering of plutolatry’.”

5. otorhinolaryngology (oh-toh-ry-no-lar-ing-GOL-uh-jee)

MEANING:
noun: The branch of medicine dealing with the ear, nose, and throat. Also known as otolaryngology.

USAGE:
“Pete Colangelo, chief of otorhinolaryngology, hunched in front of Ellen Sandler, peering through the center hole of his head mirror at a hyperilluminated spot far within her left nostril.”

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