Word of the Day 

zephyr nouna : breeze from the west b : a gentle breeze 2 : any of variouslightweight fabrics and articles of clothing 

There was not even a zephyrstirring; the dead noonday heat had even stilled the songs of the birds.” — Mark TwainTom Sawyer1876 

Strangely enough, by the end of a Maine winter, a 32-degree breezefeels like a palm-scented zephyr fromBali.” — Brett WillisPortland (MainePress HeraldJanuary 8, 2015

Did you know?
For centuriespoets have eulogizedZephyrus, the Greek god of the westwind, and his “swete breeth” (in the words of Geoffrey Chaucer). Zephyrus, the personified west windeventually evolved into zephyr, a word for a breeze that is westerly or gentle, or bothBreezy zephyr may have blown into English with the helpof William Shakespeare, who usedthe word in his 1611 play Cymbeline: “Thou divine Naturethou thyselfthou blazon‘st / In these two princelyboysThey are as gentle / As zephyrs blowing below the violet.” Todayzephyr is also the sobriquet of a lightweight fabric and the clothingthat is made from it.


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