Word of the DayFriday, August 19, 2011
\ROO-nik\ , adjective;
Having some secret or mysterious meaning.
Consisting of or set down in runes.
Referring to an interlaced form seen on ancient monuments, metalwork, etc., of the northern European peoples.
And he dances, and he yells; keeping time, time, time, in a sort of runic rhyme.
-- Edgar Allan Poe, The Bells
To that end, he hid the secret in this runic code.
-- James Rollins, Black Order: A Sigma Force Novel
Runic comes from the Old English rūn, "secret."
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