Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Word of the day: coruscate

The word of the day is coruscate:

Etymology:  < participial stem of Latin coruscāre to vibrate, glitter, sparkle, gleam.
a. intr. To give forth intermittent or vibratory flashes of light; to shine with a quivering light; to sparkle, glitter, flash
.b. with cognate object. (OED)

"A double rainbow corruscated into being."

 - Terry Pratchett, "Close to the Edge", 1983

Not quite sure why he's spelling it with two rs.

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