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 …
1. Enormously large.
2. Relating to the Himalayas.
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
, and hibernate. Earliest documented use: 1866.
“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