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Today's Words: Redondilla, Heliolatry and Noetic


(re-dawn-dee-lyah) Noun

A Spanish verse form in which each stanza consists of four lines, each with eight syllables, and a rhyme scheme abba

More about Redondilla

First used in 1830–40.

Directly from Spanish, equivalent to redond(o), “round” (<Latin rotundus) + –illa, diminutive suffix.

Examples of Redondilla

The poet skillfully composed a redondilla, adhering to its ABBA rhyme scheme.

The collection featured several redondillas, showcasing the versatility and expressiveness of this poetic form.


(hee-lee-ol-uh-tree) Noun

worship of the sun

More about Heliolatry

First recorded in 1820–30.

Formed from helio-, "sun" + -latry, a combing form occurring in loanwords from Greek (cf. idolatry).  

Examples of Heliolatry

The ancient Egyptians practised heliolatry, honouring the sun god Ra as a deity of great power.

The Inca practised heliolatry by venerating Inti, the sun god, as the source of life and fertility.


(noh-et-ik) Adjective

of or relating to the mind

More about Noetic

First recorded in 1645–55.

From Greek noētikós, “intelligent, intellectual.”

Examples of Noetic

The book delved into noetic concepts, challenging readers to expand their perceptions of reality.

The noetic quality of the artwork invoked a deep sense of introspection and understanding in its viewers.

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  1. Scarcely used archaic words but good to know. English is rich having borrowed words and usages from languages all over the world


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