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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

mellifluous

\muh-LIF-loo-us\ , adjective;
1.
Flowing as with honey; smooth; flowing sweetly or smoothly; as, a mellifluous voice.
Quotes:
The balladeer whose mellifluous voice serenaded two generations of lovers.
-- Margo Jefferson, "Unforgettable", New York Times, December 26, 1999
The tones were high-sounding, mellifluous, as if the speaker was reading from a book of old English verse while holding back any trace of sentiment or emotion.
-- Ken Gormley, Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation
I picked up more mellifluous words when a family friend came over to teach me some Chilean music on my guitar.
-- Edward Hower, "No Frogs Allowed", New York Times, January 30, 2000
Origin:
Mellifluous comes from Latin mellifluus, from mel, (gen. mellis) "honey" + -fluus "flowing," from fluere "to flow."
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