Adventures in Etymology: Oleaginous

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Oleaginous

Oily, snowy, slushy puddle by Moi of Ra (Flickr) used under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons License

Oily, snowy, slushy puddle by Moi of Ra (Flickr) used under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons License

Reason for Adventure

This fantastic word was in Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman describing the voice of a particularly slimy character.Neverwhere (1)

Dictionary.com Definitions/Origins

Pronunciation:
oh-lee-aj-uh-nuhs

Form:
adjective

Definition:

1. Having the nature or qualities of oil.
2. Containing oil.
3. Producing oil.
4. Unctuous; fawning; smarmy.

Origin: 
1625–35;  < Latin oleāginus  of the olive, derivative of olea olive

Related forms:
o·le·ag·i·nous·ness, noun

Source:
oleaginous. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved November 06, 2013, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/oleaginous

Online Etymology Dictionary Information

oleaginous (adj.) 1630s, from French oléagineux (14c.), from Latin oleaginus “of the olive,” from olea “olive,” alteration of oliva (see olive) by influence of oleum “oil.”

Source:

Harper, D. (2012). Online etymology dictionary. Retrieved November 06, 2013 from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=oleaginous&allowed_in_frame=0

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