A.Word.A.Day: col

from wordsmith.org

col

PRONUNCIATION:

(kol, rhymes with doll)

MEANING:

noun: A mountain pass.

ETYMOLOGY:

From French col (neck), from Latin collum (neck). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwel- (to revolve) that is also the source of words such as colony, cult, culture, cycle, cyclone, chakra, and collar.

USAGE:

“Car rental presented the first obstacle. No major company allows its vehicles on Saddle Road, which runs across the 6,600-foot-high col between the two peaks, much less anywhere near the summits themselves.” James Dannenberg; Trying for a peak experience on Big Island; San Francisco Chronicle; Aug 24, 2008.

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2 responses to “A.Word.A.Day: col

  1. I am so calling you 6600-foot Col now.

  2. col

    thanks, kate. you “Tina Fey-natic blogger,” you …

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