February 22nd, 2013

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Friday words: Coruscate and Coruscation

cor·us·ca·tion

noun \ˌkr-ə-ˈskā-shən, ˌkär-\
2: a flash of wit

First known use:
15th century
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Example:"
Her eyes dwelt affectionately on Green Gables, peering through its network of trees and reflecting the sunlight back from its windows in several little coruscations of glory."

(L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables)

And of course, there was the famous planet Coruscant...;)

cor·us·cate
intransitive verb \ˈkr-ə-ˌskāt, ˈkär-\
cor·us·cat·ed cor·us·cat·ing
1: to give off or reflect light in bright beams or flashes : sparkle
2: to be brilliant or showy in technique or style

Example:


<a classic car from the 1950s, replete with yards of coruscating chrome>

Etymology:

Latin coruscatus, past participle of coruscare to flash

First Known Use: 1705