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Friday, May 28, 2010

ethereal

\ih-THEER-ee-uhl\ , adjective;
1.
Light, airy, or tenuous.
2.
Extremely delicate or refined.
3.
Heavenly or celestial.
4.
Pertaining to the upper regions of space.
5.
Chemistry. Pertaining to, containing, or resembling ethyl ether.
Quotes:
The 1997 reissue of Beach Boys' Pet Sounds included a disc of 11 songs with all instrumentation stripped out, leaving only those terminally sunny, ethereal vocal lines behind.
-- Erin Thompson, "Reverb blog", Seattle Weekly, May 2010
Ethereal minstrel! pilgrim of the sky! / Dost thou despise the earth where cares abound?
-- William Wordsworth, To a Skylark
Origin:
Ethereal enters English from the Ancient Greek aitherios, "pertaining to the upper air."
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