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Build your vocabulary with Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day! Each day a Merriam-Webster editor offers insight into a fascinating new word -- explaining its meaning, current use, and little-known details about its origin.



March 6th, 2015

Episode 127 of 681 episodes

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 06, 2015 is: eolian \ee-OH-lee-un\ adjective : borne, deposited, produced, or eroded by the wind Examples: The park is known for its eolian caveschambers formed in sandstone cliffs by powerful winds. "Basaltic minerals in the mudstone are similar to those in nearby eolian deposits." D. T. Vaniman et al., Science, December 9, 2013 Did you know? When Aeolus blew into town, things really got moving. He was the Greek god of the winds and the king of the floating island of Aeolia. In The Odyssey, Homer claims Aeolus helped Odysseus by giving him a favorable wind. Aeolus also gave English speakers a few terms based on his name, including today's adjective eolian (also spelled aeolian), which is often used for wind-sculpted geological features such as caves and dunes, and aeolian harp, an instrument that makes music when the wind blows across its strings.