IT’S HUGE, IT’S GIGANTIC, IT’S …

Ahu_Tongariki

Six of the 15 Anu Tongariki Moais, Isla de Pascua, Chile

Good evening, folks!

Did you think I’d lost Friday’s choice by A.W.A.D. ? No way! Here it is, nitty-gritty, unvarnished, no frills. After all, the word does not require any embellishment, it has its own grandeur …

Himalayan

PRONUNCIATION:
(him-uh-LAY-uhn, hi-MAHL-yuhn)
MEANING:
adjective:
1. Enormously large.
2. Relating to the Himalayas.
ETYMOLOGY:
After the Himalayas, the mountain range having Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. From Sanskrit him (snow) + alaya (abode). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ghei- (winter), which is the ancestor of words such as chimera, hibernaculum, hiemal, and hibernate. Earliest documented use: 1866.
USAGE:
As Otago lurches towards its worst season in living memory, it is becoming plain to see the Himalayan task these coaches are facing.”
Steve Hepburn; Ordinary Otago Side Outclassed; Otago Daily Times (New Zealand); Oct 18, 2010.

Image courtesy of RIVI  on Wikimedia Commons

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