Word of the DayWednesday, August 27, 2014
\puhl-kri-TOOD-n-uhs, -TYOOD-\ , adjective;
physically beautiful; comely.
Jazz buffs with glorious vocabularies wrote long and often boring tributes to the pulchritudinous Lady Day, her phrasing and incredibly intricate harmonics.
-- Maya Angelou, The Heart of a Woman, 1981
The years have not appreciably dimmed his pulchritudinous luster.
-- Evans Peck, "The Many-Sided McLean," Cosmopolitan, 1910–1911
Pulchritudinous is built on the Latin word for "beautiful," pulcher. The noun pulchritude entered English in the mid-1400s; pulchritudinous did not gain traction in the US until the late 1800s.
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