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Saturday Word: Neap Tide

Neap·Tide (ˈdʒæbəˌwɒkɪ):
origin: Middle English neep, from Old English nep (flud), neap (tide).

noun
A tide that occurs when the difference between high and low tide is least; the lowest level of high tide; neap tide happens 2x a month, during the 1st and 3rd quarters of our moon. [oh boy, graphs!]

The opposite of a Spring Tide is called a “Neap Tide,” or neaps, from the Old English word “nopflod.” The origins of the word are unknown, but it may share its root with the ancient Greek loan-word napus, thought to mean “rounded” and still in use today in the Latin name for the turnips, a vegetable that is still known in Scotland as “neeps.” [source]



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