20 October 2004

catarrh - Word for the Day

catarrh · k&-'tär · noun

: inflammation of a mucous membrane; especially : one chronically affecting the human nose and air passages
- catarrhal -&l · adjective
: of catarrh
: (of a sound) rasping, guttural
- catarrhally · adverb

Etymology: Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French catarrhe, from Late Latin catarrhus, from Greek katarrhous, from katarrhein to flow down, from kata- + rhein to flow cf. stream

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