Sunday, June 14, 2009


oleaginous \ˌō-lē-ˈa-jə-nəs\ adjective: 1 a. resembling or having the properties of oil; oily, b. containing or producing oil, 2. marked by an offensively ingratiating manner or quality

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French oleagineux, from Latin oleagineus of an olive tree, from olea olive tree, from Greek elaia

The man who pronounces entry words for Merriam-Webster sounds humorously earnest when uttering oleaginous. Listen to him here.

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