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Sunday, August 15, 2010

balneal

\bal-NEE-uhl\ , adjective;
1.
Of or pertaining to baths or bathing.
Quotes:
The evening air is balneal, balsamy, redolent of some lyrical fragrance he couldn't quite scratch'n'sniff.
-- J. Lilly, The Last Carnival
Let our Brighton proprietors educate theirbalneal minds by visiting Biarritz, or say Ostend: and, if they did but get a glimpse of the 'last thing in bathing-boxes' at Trouville, we might anticipate an extensive hiding of diminished heads.
-- La Beau Boxer (anonym), "Letter to the Editor," London society, 1869.
Origin:
Balneal stems from Greek, but its entry into English is uncertain.
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