un mellifluous

mellifluous

[muh-lif-loo-uhs]
adjective
1.
sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding: a mellifluous voice; mellifluous tones.
2.
flowing with honey; sweetened with or as if with honey.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin mellifluus, equivalent to Latin melli- (stem of mel) honey + -flu(ere) to flow + -us adj. suffix (see -ous)

mellifluously, adverb
mellifluousness, noun
unmellifluous, adjective
unmellifluously, adverb


1. melodious, musical, dulcet, harmonious.
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mellifluous or mellifluent (mɪˈlɪflʊəs)
 
adj
(of sounds or utterances) smooth or honeyed; sweet
 
[C15: from Late Latin mellifluus flowing with honey, from Latin mel honey + fluere to flow]
 
mellifluent or mellifluent
 
adj
 
[C15: from Late Latin mellifluus flowing with honey, from Latin mel honey + fluere to flow]
 
mel'lifluously or mellifluent
 
adv
 
mel'lifluently or mellifluent
 
adv
 
mel'lifluousness or mellifluent
 
n
 
mel'lifluence or mellifluent
 
n

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mellifluous
early 15c., from L.L. mellifluus "flowing with (or as if with) honey," from L. mel (gen. mellis) "honey" + -fluus "flowing," from fluere "to flow" (see fluent).
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