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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.



September 26th, 2015

Episode 331 of 688 episodes

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 26, 2015 is: limpid \LIM-pid\ adjective 1 a : marked by transparency : pellucid b : clear and simple in style 2 : absolutely serene and untroubled Examples: From where we stood we could see the glimmer of coins settled at the bottom of the limpid fountain. "He could converseand converse easily, naturally, with idiom and parlance and a certain nonchalanceon all sorts of subjects: Tony Blair's earnest righteousness, Timberland boots, the limpid prose of Bruce Chatwin." Wendell Steavenson, The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2015 Did you know? Since the early 1600s, limpid has been used in English to describe things that have the soft clearness of pure water. The aquatic connection is not incidental; language scholars believe that limpid probably traces to lympha, a Latin word meaning "water." That same Latin root is also the source of the word lymph, the English name for the pale liquid that helps maintain the body's fluid balance and that removes bacteria from tissues.

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