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Friday, April 29, 2011

X is for X...

Did you know X is the third least common letter in the English language?  I didn't either but I can understand why.  I mean, just how many words start with X anyway.  Not many.  And those that do are some huge thing I have no idea how to pronounce. 

Another interesting fact, words that start with the letter X are usually pronounces as if they started with the letter Z.  How strange...

So, here's some X words that are actually functional.

•Xanadu (n) - an exotic, luxurious place. This word comes from the poem "Kubla Khan" by Samuel T. Coleridge.

•Xenolith (n) - a fragment of a rock embedded inside another rock.

•Xylograph (n) - a wood engraving.

•Xyloid (adj.) - resembling wood; woody.

•Xanthic (n) - yellowish in color; having to do with the compound xanthine.

•Xebec: A xebec is a special three-masted sailing ship used in the Mediterranean.

•Xeric (adj.) - dry or desert like conditions; having very little moisture.


Got any other favorite X words?

3 comments:

Sandra said...

Xenos - Greek for "stranger"

We once had a cat who was a stray we'd adopted that we named Xenos. There is a passage in the Bible that says, "I was a stranger, and you took me in." The word in the original Greek is xenos and, the cat was a stranger and we took her in. ;-)

Sandra

J.M.Cornwell said...

Xeriscape - meaning to landscape with plants that require little water, usually in deserts and high deserts, like in the mountains in Colorado.

Sandra said...

Xenos - Greek for "stranger"

We once had a cat who was a stray we'd adopted that we named Xenos. There is a passage in the Bible that says, "I was a stranger, and you took me in." The word in the original Greek is xenos and, the cat was a stranger and we took her in. ;-)

Sandra