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1. (viaje)a. cruise

2. (barco)a. cruiser

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: infested with lice : lousy

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Count on the English language’s Latin lexical options to pretty up the unpleasant. You can have an entire conversation about lice and avoid the l-word entirely using pediculous and its relatives. None of the words (from pediculus, meaning “louse”) is remotely common, but they’re all available to you should you feel the need for them. There’s pediculosis, meaning “infestation with lice,” pedicular, “of or relating to lice,” and pediculoid, “resembling or related to the common lice.” Pediculid names a particular kind of louse—one of the family Pediculidae. And if you’d like to put an end to all of this you might require a pediculicide—defined as “an agent for destroying lice.”

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All of the campers in the cabin had to be checked for lice when one boy’s sleeping bag was discovered to be pediculous.

“They say pediculous humors and fly borne air are culprits of plague, so the townsmen make a pyre of flowers and brush, attar and spikenard, by way of purging the air of offense.” — Fiona Maazel, Last Last Chance, 2008

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Word of the Week~DillyDally


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Definition of dillydally

intransitive verb: to waste time by loitering or delaying: re about dillydally

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Examples of dillydally in a Sentence

don’t dillydally on the way to the store restaurant employees who, during the slow periods, would rather be doing something instead of just dillydallying Recent Examples on the Web Bathroom breaks and other excuses for dillydallying give your heart rate a chance to return to normal. — Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, “18 Ways to Maximize Your Workout and Lose Weight Faster,” 22 May 2015

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First Known Use of dillydally

1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dillydally

reduplication of dally

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The first known use of dillydally was in 1741

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“Dillydally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020. MLA Chicago APA Merriam-WebsterStyle: MLA

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English Language Learners Definition of dillydally

informal : to move or act too slowly : to waste time

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dillydallyverbdil·​ly·​dal·​ly | \ ˈdi-lē-ˌda-lē How to pronounce dillydally (audio) \dillydallied; dillydallying

Kids Definition of dillydally

: to waste time : dawdle Don’t dillydally in your work.

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