Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day (prettygoodword) wrote in 1word1day,
Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day


sericeous (si-RISH-uhs) - adj., covered with fine silky hairs; silky, resembling silk.

This one's got a long history, so hold tight: borrowed in 1777 from Late Latin sēriceus, silken, from Medieval Latin sēricum, silk garment, silk, from the neuter of Latin sēricus, meaning both silken and Chinese, borrowed from Greek sērikos, also meaning both silken and Chinese, from Sēres, an eastern Asian people traditionally identified as referring to Han China -- as it was during the Han dynasty (roughly 200 BCE to 200 CE) that silk reached the eastern Mediterranean. Note also that sḗr became the Greek word for silkworm. Heading back up through history, there are several related words built on the seri- stem -- this happens to be the one describes something as being "like silk" instead of "made of silk." The first sense given above is mostly used in biology, especially botany.

I got to gently stroke the arctic fox pup and its sericeous brown fur.


  • Sunday Word: Sonorous

    sonorous[s uh- nawr- uhs, - nohr-, son-er- uhs] adjective: 1 giving out or capable of giving out a sound, especially a deep, resonant sound,…

  • Wednesday Word: Déraciné

    Déraciné - noun or adjective. You may know déraciné as the title of a video game, but this French word can also be used as an adjective or noun.…

  • Tuesday word: Convoluted

    Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 Convoluted (adjective) con·vo·lut·ed [kon-vuh-loo-tid] adjective 1. twisted; coiled. 2. complicated; intricately…

  • Post a new comment


    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded