Word of the Day – 2 November 2017: Vitreous.


Welcome to a 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: Vitreous. (Adjective).

Pronounced: Vit-ree-us

Resembling glass, glass-like. From the Latin vitrum, meaning glass.

The word is most commonly associated with the word humour – not the laughing kind, but the old name for a liquid, particularly a bodily fluid like blood or bile. The vitreous humour is the transparent fluid that fills our eyeballs.

It can also be used with the word ceramic, which, while not transparent, has a glass-like smooth surface from the glazing of the pottery. (glazing being a word itself derived from glass).

Eg: Sam opened the oyster he had just collected from the seabed and found inside a pearl with a beautiful vitreous quality.




  1. If I keep coming here, I will learn all these words I never knew about or use and will now be able to toss my new skills about in conversation. Thanks! 🙂

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