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Friday, November 21, 2008

Lucullan

\loo-KUHL-uhn\ , adjective;
1.
rich; magnificent and luxurious
Quotes:
In many calorie-conscious families, mini-meals have replaced Lucullan feasts.
-- Jane Abrams, Lima News, November 9, 1964
Before the first fight, scholars fancied they could read a sturdy moral in the contrast between the champion's spartan existence and the challenger's Lucullan revels.
-- Oakland Tribune, June 14, 1956
When literary groups meet in Paris, they also tend to eat and during the November rite of book awards, luncheons may reach a Lucullan level.
-- Jeanne Molli, Paris Links Pleasures Of Table and the Mind, New York Times, November 18, 1958
Origin:
by 1857, from Latin Lucullanus for Licinius Lucullus, a Roman general famous for his wealth and the luxury of his banquets
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