[BOCK-uh-nail-LeAnn ] –adjective-
Dictionary.com entry for Bacchanalian
given to reveling, evocative of the greek god St Bacchus
drunken manner of merrymaking
Also used as a noun:
A drunken reveler
might be referred to as " a Baccahanlian"
The kittens-at-play portion of
Susan Olsen's KITTENS IN PERIL
reminded me of this Thursday's word,
Online Etymology Dictionary entry for Bacchanal
1536, from L. bacchanalis "having to do with Bacchus" (Gk. Bakkhos), god of wine and revelry. His name is perhaps related to L. bacca "berry." Meaning "riotous, drunken roistering; orgy" is from 1711; Bacchanalia in this sense is from 1633, from the name of the Roman festival held in honor of Bacchus. Bacchae "female attendants of Bacchus" is from Gk. Bakkhai, pl. of Bakkhe.