Word of the Day – 15 October 2017: Terrigenous


Welcome to the new regular feature on my blog – WOTD. Each day a new word will be suggested as the word of the day, which could either be an already existing (but rarely used) word or may be a completely made-up one. There will be a short definition and, ideally, an example of how the word would be used in everyday conversation.

I encourage anyone to provide their own words, either in the comments below or by linking their posted word to this blog. Don’t forget the definition or maybe when it should be used.

So, today’s word is: Terrigenous (Adjective).
In a sense everyone reading this post is terrigenous. Technically everything we see about us or use or can touch was terrigenous at some point. Terrigenous means produced, or comes from, the Earth.

Pronounced: Teh-ridge-en-us. 🙂

From the Latin root Terra = Earth and Gen(ous), a combining form meaning that which produces, yields or bears.

Egs: While Peter claimed the tree-house was all his own work, in truth it was largely terrigenous in nature.

Some claim human kind has a Divine origin while to others it is clearly of a terrigenous nature. From dust we come and to dust we all return. What reason is there for pride?




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