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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for November 17, 2020 is:

fulvous • FULL-vus  • adjective

: of a dull brownish yellow : tawny

Examples:

The dog had an unusual coat of fulvous fur with black and white splotches.

“I planned to visit the Pine Barrens to marvel at the fulvous leaves rioting to autumnal frenzy.” — Denis Hamill, The Independent (East Hampton, New York), 15 Nov. 2017

Did you know?

Fulvous has never been a common word. You are most likely to encounter it in texts from the 19th century—unless, that is, you care about ducks. In that case, you might know about a kind of whistling-duck called the fulvous tree duck, which is a brownish duck with long legs and a long neck and an unusual world distribution. It lives in isolated populations in North America, South America, India, and Africa—remarkably without geographic variation. But back to fulvous: it shares a meaning with its direct ancestor, the Latin word fulvus, and fulvus itself is believed to possibly share an ancestor with flavus, Latin for “yellow.”

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Ken Saunders is a freelance writer, gadget collector and Biohacker. Kens’ professional background is in Information Technology as well as Health and Wellness. His experience has given him a broad base from which to approach many topics. He especially enjoys researching and writing articles on the topics of Technology, Food, and all things Freelancing. His articles have appeared in many online sites, including Lifehack.media, Andrew Christian, Alltherooms.com and Vocal.media.You can learn more about his services at http://www.ken-saunders.info.

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