from The Century Dictionary.

  • Lawlessly passionate; meretricious.


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  • A ghost word, caused by a mis-reading of "primal" by the editors of the Century Dictionary. See this Language Hat discussion.

    December 2, 2009

  • Excellent! Do you know of other such that I could add to Dictionary words & escapees?

    On Wordie, a ghost word was one no longer on any lists. See Former ghosts and Ghosted.

    December 2, 2009

  • And listless.

    December 2, 2009

  • I've seen some embarrassing misreads in my time, but you'd have to be blind as a bat to get this from that.

    December 3, 2009

  • I'm wondering what the original type looked like. Sometimes it's easier to misread than it seems.

    December 3, 2009