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filipendulous

PRONUNCIATION:
(fi-li-PEN-juh-luhs, -PEN-dyoo-)

MEANING:
adjective: Hanging by a thread.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin filum (thread) + pendere (to hang). Ultimately from the Indo-European root (s)pen- (to draw, to spin), which is also the source of pendulum, spider, pound, pansy, pendant, ponder, appendix, penthouse, depend, and spontaneous. Earliest documented use: 1864.

USAGE:
"A group of filipendulous constructions that evoke Brobdingnagian hornets' nests."
The New Yorker; Sep 25, 1989.


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flip wilson's humor was so good, it was filipendulous!


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swords made in the philippines are filipendulous

when i was in high school i had to read "the pit and the filipendulous"

It is unusual, but not unwelcome, to see a Filipino girl with filipendulous breasts.

(Dangit, the pit and filipendulous is already taken!)


Many men signed your cast, but phillip penned you last

I like to filipendulous whenever I encounter an empty pendulous.

I just saw my brother having lunch with a bunch of midwives. It was just filipendulous.



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