ellesieg (ellesieg) wrote in 1word1day,

Tuesday Word: ptyalagogue

A ptyalagogue is something which stimulates or increases the flow of saliva. I wasn't able to find much information on this one, but it seems to mainly be applied to drugs that have the unintended side effect of increasing saliva production. Of course I encourage using it to refer to anything drool-worthy..like the fact that TOMORROW IS THE DAY! Mere hours remain until the start of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee!

Sriram Hathwar misspelled ptyalagogue in the 2013 bee, finishing in third place and leaving Pranav Sivakumar and Arvind Mahankali to battle it out for the top prize. He's back this year, the only 2014 contestant with four years of prior national bee experience.
Tags: noun, p, wordsmith: ellesieg

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